A officer on patrol at about 9 p.m. attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the motorcyclist collided with the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle, according to Kent Police. The officer exited his vehicle to provide aid to the downed motorcyclist and radioed for assistance. Fire personnel arrived to assist with lifesaving efforts, but the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the man’s name. The man is from Kent, according to police.
The officer was uninjured and has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officers involved in critical incidents, according to police.
“The officer was not making a traffic stop on the motorcyclist,” Kent Police Assistant Chief Jarod Kasner said in an email Monday. “The preliminary information is that the officer was turning to go westbound, when the motorcycle collided with the patrol vehicle.”
The King County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Response and Reconstruction detectives were called to conduct a thorough and third party independent investigation of the incident, police said.
When the King County Sheriff’s Office provides Kent Police with their findings, more details will be released, Kasner said.
The man is the third motorcyclist killed in crashes in the Kent area in the last three weeks.
On June 6, Dylan A. Hague, 28, of Kent, was killed when his motorcycle crashed into the back of a construction truck setting signage just after midnight. On June 7, a 36-year-old San Jose, Calif., man died after his motorcycle crashed at about 3:55 p.m. while northbound on Highway 167 in Pacific near the Ellingson Road exit, according to the Washington State Patrol.