Man Dies After Being Struck By Motorcycle Saturday in Yakima
Yakima Police have released the identity of the person killed Saturday near Kiwanis Park after being stroke by a motorcycle. .
Investigators say a 58-year-old Timothy Dewitt was attempting to cross South Fair Avenue near the park when he was struck by a person riding a motorcycle. Dewitt was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital where he died.
A press release from Yakima Police says the "motorcycle operator, a 27-year-old Toppenish man told police he was southbound on Fair Ave at Maple St and was passing two cars in the left-turn lane when he struck the pedestrian. The motorcycle operator suffered minor injuries."
Captain Jay Seely says they're hoping to find witnesses. “we are asking for help from the public as we investigate this collision. The motorcyclist passed a white fifteen-passenger van just prior to the collision. We need the occupants of that van or anyone who witnessed the collision to contact Officer Jim Yates at 575-6246.”
Yakima Police continue to investigate a fatal crash reported Saturday near Kiwanis Park.
Investigators say a 58-year-old man was attempting to cross South Fair Avenue near the park when he was struck by a person riding a motorcycle. The victim died at the scene of the crash.
POLICE SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED DURING BUSY FAIR TRAFFIC
After the fatal crash police closed South Fair Avenue between Maple and Beach Streets during the busy Saturday night near State Fair Park and the Central Washington State Fair.
No word from police about the motorcycle rider and no information on exactly how the crash happened. Investigators are searching for information. If you can help contact the Yakima Police Department at 575-6200.
The victim has not been identified.
POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING A CRASH REPORTED IN AUGUST
Before Saturday's crash a woman walking in the 1400 block of North 16th Avenue August 30 was struck and killed by a vehicle. Yakima Police say when officers arrived they found a woman in the roadway who had been struck by a car. She was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital where she died. The 79-year-old driver from Toppenish was not injured or cited.
Capt. Jay Seely says the man was driving a 1998 Ford pickup Southbound on North 16th Avenue when he struck the woman who police say was walking in the roadway. The woman has not been identified.
Police say neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a contributing factor in this collision.
THE PROSECUTOR SAYS THE FIRST CRASH OF THE YEAR WAS A TRAGIC MISTAKE
The first fatal pedestrian crash of the year happened in late May when a 27-year-old was struck and killed as she was crossing Tieton Drive at 40th Avenue. Police say she was walking in the crosswalk when the driver of a vehicle traveling eastbound on Tieton hit her at a slow speed. Capt. Jay Seely says the driver was making a right turn onto 40th Avenue when the woman was struck. The driver apparently didn't see the woman crossing the street.
Seely says the driver of the vehicle was not cited. He says it was simply tragic accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA in 2019, the most recent year statistics are available, 6, 025 pedestrians died in traffic related crashes. They say that means someone was killed every 85 minutes in traffic crashes in the United States in 2019.