Walla Walla injury collision draws Life Flight crews for Prosser motorcyclist

Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — An injury collision closed the westbound lane of Highway 12 at Wallula Junction for several hours on Saturday afternoon after the sudden accident sent one motorcyclist to the hospital.

According to Washington State Patrol (WSP) District #3 Trooper Thorson, traffic was delayed at the junction of SR 12 and SR 730 around 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021. A WSP report detailed their understanding of the events leading up to the incident.

Their report indicates that a driver in a Chevy truck was headed eastbound on SR 730 at SR 12, otherwise known as Wallula Junction. The junction, which falls under the jurisdiction of Walla Walla county, is still roughly 25 miles outside of the Walla Walla city limits and is 13 miles south of Pasco.

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As the Chevy truck approached the junction eastbound, the motorcyclist was headed westbound in the opposite direction. The truck driver allegedly made a left-handed turn onto SR 12, leading the motorcycle to crash into the vehicle. The driver was injured in the collision and his vehicle sustained significant damage.

Authorities responded to the scene of the accident quickly. Life Flight crews arrived on location to aid the injured motorcyclist, who was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. The WSP report indicates that the motorcycle, a Suzuki GSX-R1000, was totaled and removed from the scene.

Charges are pending for the responsible driver; a 61-year-old woman from Echo, Oreg. She and her passenger did not sustain any injuries that were reported at the scene of the accident. Despite reportable damage, they were able to drive their vehicle away from the area on Saturday.

A WSP report indicates that drugs and/or alcohol were not a factor in this serious collision. Deputies from the Walla Walla Sherriff’s Department, Washington State Patrol and other local law enforcement officers/first responders were on-site.

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