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Kent Police arrest man for vehicular homicide in connection with motorcyclist death

Kent Police have arrested an 18-year-old Kent man for investigation of vehicular homicide in connection with the death Wednesday of a 56-year-old motorcyclist.

The driver is being held in the city of Kent jail, according to a Thursday email from Assistant Chief Pat Lowery. Police are not yet releasing his name until charges are filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Lowery said that charges could be filed by Thursday afternoon.

A Kent man was killed after a car collided with his motorcycle at about 6:44 a.m. in the 12200 block of Southeast 223rd Drive in the Panther Lake area. The identity of the man has not yet been released by the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

Preliminary reports indicate that the 18-year-old Kent man, the driver of a 1986 Nissan sports car, crossed the center line of Southeast 223rd Drive as he was entering a curve in the roadway, possibly in excess of the posted 25 mph speed limit. At the same time a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle was passing through the curve from the opposite direction. The Nissan struck the motorcycle, ejecting the rider and propelling the motorcycle backward. The bike came to rest in the front yard of a neighboring residence.

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