Motorcyclist dies from injuries suffered in Highway 167 crash; third biker death in six weeks in Kent-Auburn area

A 54-year-old Puyallup man died Wednesday, July 27 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash July 17 on southbound Highway 167 in Auburn heading to westbound Highway 18.

Danny G. Hackler, of Puyallup, is the third motorcyclist to die from injuries suffered in accidents in the last six weeks in the Kent-Auburn area.

Hackler was southbound on Highway 167, just south of Kent, and traveling to westbound Highway 18 in the first lane at about 10 p.m. July 17. His motorcycle struck a barrier on the left side, vaulting the driver and the bike onto the ramp from westbound Highway 18 to southbound Highway 167, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Hackler was riding a 2007 Hyosung GT250R. He wore a helmet.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Two other motorcyclists died in accidents earlier this summer, one in Kent and one in Auburn:

Ronald C. Kipling, 74, of Auburn died June 27 from injuries after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a jeep at about 6:30 p.m. June 25 near Lake Meridian Park on Kent's East Hill.

Jeremy Wade Myers, 31, of Kent, died June 21 from injuries after his motorcycle, traveling at a high rate of speed, collided with a vehicle near the 4200 block of Auburn Way North.


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