King County Sheriff’s Office nears completion of fatal motorcycle crash investigation

18-year-old man died June 28 after collision with Kent Police SUV

The King County Sheriff’s Office expects to finish part of its investigation into the June 28 fatal motorcycle collision with a Kent Police SUV in the next week or two.

But the case won’t wrap up until investigators receive the autopsy and toxicology reports from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, which is expected to take six to eight months, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Abbott.

The lead detective plans to present the case to the Kent Police prior to closing it for public release, Abbott said in a Tuesday email.

Sergey Pavlovich, 18, died of multiple blunt force injury, after his motorcycle collided with a police SUV in the 13700 block of Southeast 256th Street, just west of Meridian Elementary School.

The Sheriff’s Office took over the case because it involved a Kent officer.

Initial reports indicated that the officer began a U-turn near 137th Way and Southeast 256th Street from the right eastbound shoulder to turn westbound after a dispatch about a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed.

Pavlovich was riding a red Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Southeast 256th Street, according to the report. He crested the hill and began hard braking, crossing into the westbound travel lane. The motorcycle went down on its side and slid into the driver’s door of the police SUV. The officer had minor injuries, Pavlovich died on scene.

Kent Police Assistant Chief Jarod Kasner said after the crash that the department will have more details to release once the Sheriff’s Office provides its findings.

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