Yakima Police seek witnesses to fatal motorcycle crash

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YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima Police Department is investigating a crash that killed a 73-year-old motorcyclist Saturday morning.  

According to police, the motorcyclist was travelling eastbound in the 1400 block of W. Lincoln Avenue around 10:45 a.m. when he was seen attempting to change lanes to get around a stopped delivery vehicle.  

He then struck the side of a passing car, causing him to lose his balance, fall over and collide with the delivery van. Police say the motorcyclist’s failure to yield to the right of way when making the lane change was the contributing factor in the crash. 

YPD says the motorcyclist was conscious and alert as first responders transported him to Memorial Hospital, but he did not survive.  

YPD’s Traffic Unit is asking anyone who witnessed or has video of the collision to contact YPD Officer Jim Yates at 509-728-6449.