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UPDATED: Man killed in motorcycle crash on I-705 in Tacoma

Post by Joyce Chen on June 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm with 7 Comments »
June 24, 2010 2:24 pm

A 55-year-old Federal Way man was killed Wednesday night when his motorcycle crashed on Interstate 705 in Tacoma, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Mark C. Hammonds was riding a 2004 Harley Davidson north on I-705 just after 9 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a turn at the 15th Street exit, troopers reported.

Hammonds, who was wearing a helmet, crashed into a concrete barrier and was ejected. He died of his injuries.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Alaska47 says:

    There have been numerous crashes at this location ever since it was constructed.The offramp begins in a northerly direction and becomes a stoplight facing westbound at the end of the ramp.It also has a downward grade which lenghthens the stopping distance.I have seen flashing lighted signs that continuously read “SLOW” to warn drivers in similarly engineered roads in the state of Oregon.If there was one placed at this location,the cost would be minimal.It could possibly have solar panels to minimize electrical consumption costs.This could potentially save many lives.

  2. UPCITIZEN says:

    Condolences to his family.

    What can be learned from this tragedy? Proper reporting might be a start.
    1. Was he speeding?
    2. Did he have a helmet on?
    3. Was he familiar with this stretch of road?

    Any other “lessons learned” info that can be reported to the public.?

    Maybe he was not speeding, was wearing a helmet and was familiar with the stretch of road. I realize that not all info is readily available right after the incident. In the meantime, we keep his family in our prayers.

  3. seniorcenter says:

    With the rising cost of gasoline, I just began riding a motorcycle myself and learning to negotiate tight corners and blind turns is the hardest part. Being an “old geezer lady,” I’m not at all a dare-devil but sometimes feel pressured to ride faster than my comfort zone (and the speed limit) when cars tailgate. As a driver, for safety’s sake, please don’t tailgate motorcycles!

  4. tubbythetuba says:

    A pocket full of dry beans, Seniorcenter….toss a handfull over your head for tailgaters <}:-)~

    RIP to a Brother Rider….

  5. scotttina says:

    This is such a tragedy. This man was a fellow employee here in the same building I work in in downtown Tacoma. The accident was at the bottom of the 15th St hill. Same place that a truck w/a crane lost the brakes going down 15th and crashed through the jersey barrier, nearly into a coffee shop on that corner a year or so ago. It’s a very dangerous ramp. Coming off of 705, it’s a blind 45 degree curve that ends at the bottom of hill at a stop light. Not too bright on the engineers part that designed it.

  6. Note to self: do not overdrive your sight distance (car or motorcycle) and give yourself an opportunity to observe and safely respond to existing or changing conditions.

  7. HarleyGuy says:

    What a shame.
    I am an avid rider and own a Harley Ultra Classic.
    This could happen to any rider at any time at any intersection, bend of the road or even on the straight and narrow.
    Yes it could have been excessive speed. It might have been a distraction, possibly another vehicle…On a motorcycle, where ever you look is where you are going to go.
    Who really knows what happened to this fellow rider?
    Yes, he was wearing a helmet. But no matter what speed, a human being is no match for a concrete wall.
    Please be safe out there!

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