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JBLM man dies in Gig Harbor motorcycle crash

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
August 21, 2012 8:38 pm

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord man died Monday night when his motorcycle crashed in his hometown of Gig Harbor.

Ty Barnes, 23, left the roadway on a right hand curve and hit a large rock, flipping the motorcycle in the 5000 block of Reid Drive Northwest, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Crews responded at 11:20 p.m. and pronounced Barnes dead at the scene.

He was wearing a helmet, but did not have a motorcycle endorsement, Troyer said.

Barnes joined the Air Force in March of 2008, and was assigned to JBLM in April 2012, according to Air Force spokeswoman Dawn Hart.He served as a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron.

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