Motorcyclist killed during wave of wrecks that snarled traffic Wednesday

2013-10-09T21:00:00Z 2013-10-10T01:02:59Z Motorcyclist killed during wave of wrecks that snarled traffic WednesdayBy Tony Lystra / The Daily News Longview Daily News
October 09, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

A Kelso man died Wednesday after crashing his motorcycle on Ocean Beach Highway in Longview, a Washington State Patrol spokesman said.

It was one of four Longview wrecks within a four-hour period handled by the Washington State Patrol Wednesday afternoon. Only one other crash involved injuries: a four-car collision at Industrial Way and 26th Avenue that sent two men to St. John Medical Center, said Trooper Will Finn, the WSP’s spokesman for Southwest Washington.

Finn said the motorcyclist, Ricky Grady Roe, 55, wrecked near Coal Creek Road around 1 p.m. Roe was taken to St. John Medical Center where he died before he could be loaded onto a Lifeflight helicopter, Finn said.

Roe was driving 55 miles per hour westbound on Ocean Beach Highway when he left the roadway and collided with a rocky embankment before coming to a rest in a ditch, according to a WSP memo.

The crash tore off the motorcycle’s front wheel, forks and handle bars. The bike, a 2008 white Honda, was shown in a photo released by the Washington State Patrol lying in two pieces in a ditch.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck, which closed all lanes of Ocean Beach Highway for a little more than an hour, Finn said.

The crash at Industrial Way at 26th Avenue involving four vehicles happened just before 3:45 p.m., when one car struck another from behind and sent it careening into and glancing off the other vehicles. Two men, whose names had not been released as of 5:40 p.m., were hospitalized.

Moments later, there was a three-vehicle collision on the Lewis and Clark Bridge. That crash didn’t involve injuries. A fourth wreck, also on the bridge, came less than 20 minutes later. There were no injuries in that crash, either.

Finn said he had no idea what could have lead to the string of crashes.

“Sometimes these things just happen,” he said. “It sounds like the ones on the bridge were due to traffic congestion — minor fender-benders, low-speed collisions.... My advice to people who are stuck in traffic is just to be patient and watch the vehicle in front of you.”

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