Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Olympia

City of Olympia
Date of Release: June 18, 2018

Lt Sam Costello

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Olympia

Olympia Police Investigating Saturday Evening Fatality Crash in Olympia

On Saturday. June 16, 2018, at about 8:23pm, Olympia Police were dispatched to a report of a two vehicle motor vehicle crash which occurred at the intersection of Bethel Street NE and Ethridge Street NE in Olympia. 911 callers reported that a motorcycle and a small SUV collided at that intersection. Arriving officers found that when the motorcycle struck the SUV both the operator and passenger on the motorcycle were ejected. The passenger, who had been on the motorcycle, a 27 year-old Olympia woman, died at the scene. The motorcycle operator, a man in his mid-twenties, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center. None of the occupants in the SUV sustained any apparent physical injuries. The driver of the SUV, a 50 year-old Olympia man, remained on the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

While the circumstances of the incident are still under investigation, it appears that speed as well as alcohol and/or drugs may have played a part in this tragic incident. Traffic investigators with the Olympia Police Department continue to investigate this matter. Those with information, or who witnessed the crash, should contact Olympia Police at (360)753-8300 or olympiapolice@ci.olympia.wa.us.