Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

UPDATED: Man killed in SR 162 crash near Orting identified

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 16, 2010 at 5:35 am with 5 Comments »
April 16, 2010 1:57 pm

A 48-year-old man was killed early today when his car crashed while heading west on state Route 162 near 177th Street East, the Washington State Patrol reports.

Troopers initially thought another person might have been in – or thrown from – the wrecked vehicle. However, they searched the area and found no one, trooper Brandy Kessler said.

The man has been identified as Daniel B. Rodgers of Orting.

The one-car crash occurred just after 4:30 a.m. Rodgers was headed westbound on state Route 162 when his 2010 BMW left the roadway, lost control and struck the pillars of a railroad trestle. The BMW landed on its roof, troopers reported.

Rodgers died at the scene.

Troopers were looking into whether speed was a factor, troopers said. The roadway was blocked for a couple of hours.


The crash initially blocked both directions of SR 162.

Now, the westbound lane of the roadway is blocked. The eastbound lane is partially blocked and drivers are able to get around the scene, the state DOT reported just before 6 a.m.

UPDATE 2: The WSDOT reported at 6:30 a.m. that the eastbound SR 162 traffic is being detoured at the Carbon River Bridge. Westbound SR 162 traffic is still getting around the accident scene.

The Patrol has also told KIRO that the car involved in the crash near is a BMW 535. The Patrol also said that an in-car electronic system called BMW Assist reported the crash. Chatter heard over the police scanner this morning indicated that it was after the airbag had been deployed.

UPDATE 3: WSDOT reported at 7 a.m. that westbound SR 162 traffic is now being detoured at Patterson Road East.

UPDATE 4: WSDOT reported at 7:15 a.m. that all lanes are now open.

UPDATES 2, 3 and 4 submitted by Stephanie Clark.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. sloremodeler says:

    I am curious. What does the year and make of the car have to do with both the headline and the story? Obvioulsy if the crash involved a vehicle that had been newsworthy for safety issus, like the Toyota Prius of late, then it would make sense. But a BMW is just another car. What’s up Stacey?

  2. silicawood: The report said they were investigating whether speed was a factor. It didn’t state that he was speeding. What if he swerved to avoid a deer or was just a tired father/husband headed back into a long day of work before getting to spend the weekend with his family? You chose to define his driving as stupid with out knowing details.

  3. Danny Rodgers is my uncle. He was fun and funny, generous, playful, a good hard worker, creative, and a great husband and father. People, please remember that regardless of the circumstances of an accident, those who are involved are family members to somebody. And they are deeply loved and sorely missed!

  4. LaSiShRodgers says:

    Danny was a great father, husband, uncle and friend. He lived life enthusiastically in every way and was always there for family and friends.
    We will miss the exuberant greetings you gave when we walked in the door.

    We love and miss you

  5. caddiganwmn says:

    Danny was also a beloved son and his parents are devistated. They have been dear friends for several years. My heart aches for them…

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0