Two people riding a motorcycle were killed Thursday afternoon in the Tacoma neighborhood of Midland after trying to flee a police deputy. The Pierce County Sheriff’s office said the crash occurred at the intersection of Golden Given Road East and 85th Street.
Sheriff Ed Troyer reported that the crash took place after a Pierce County deputy attempted to pull over a motorcycle carrying a driver and a passenger for speeding down Golden Given Road. Instead of stopping for the police officer, the motorcycle sped off instead. Witnesses said that the blew through a stop sign at the intersection of 85th Street at an excessive rate of speed. The motorcycle then hit two vehicles. Both the driver and the passenger were ejected with enough force that they died at the scene of the crash.
“They were both wearing helmets, but both helmets came off during impact,” said Sheriff Troyer. “Both bounced off multiple vehicles and roadways and were killed instantly due to their high rate of speed.”
The occupants of the vehicles suffered minor injuries. Both men are reported to have been in their late 40’s and from the Midland neighborhood. Stephen Reeves, a resident who lived nearby, told local reporters that the area is known to be a street racing haven.
“This street is a racetrack,” said Reeves. “They start there, rev their engines. It’s tragic it has to happen in your own neighborhood.”
Traffic through the intersection was backed up for over three hours in order for police to properly investigate the scene before it could be cleared.
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