Car and motorcycle accident on Ballinger, serious injuries

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12/29 UPDATE from Washington State Patrol: On December 27th at 6:20pm, a two vehicle collision occurred in the city of Shoreline, injuring the rider of a scooter. An 18 year old Edmonds man was driving a Scion passenger car east on State Route 104 in the City of Shoreline, turning left onto 19th Ave. NE. The rider of a Zhongneng scooter, a 63 year old Bothell man, traveling west on State Route 104 struck the Scion in the front bumper. The rider was thrown from the scooter and taken to the hospital but did not survive his injuries.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation but heavy rain that decreased visibility is believed to be a factor.

A couple MLTnews readers asked about an accident at Ballinger Way/19th Ave NE, just south of the City limits in Shoreline. This comes from our friends at Shoreline Area News:

he Washington State Patrol reports a serious injury accident on Ballinger Way, westbound at 19th NE, at 6:22 pm this evening, December 27, 2010 when a car and motorcycle collided.

The 18 year old Edmonds driver of the car was not injured but the car had to be towed from the scene. The 63 year old Bothell motorcyclist was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The motorcycle was totalled.

The car was traveling east on Ballinger Way and attempted to make a left-hand turn heading north on 19th Ave NE. The motorcycle was heading west on Ballinger and struck the car.

Drugs and alcohol were not involved. The accident is under investigation.

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  1. ***For Immediate Release***

    Date: December 29, 2010
    Contact: Julie Startup
    Phone: (425) 766-0812
    E-mail: Julie.Startup@wsp.wa.gov

    Scooter Rider Dies from Injuries Sustained in State Route 104 Collision

    On December 27th at 6:20pm, a two vehicle collision occurred in the city of Shoreline, injuring the rider of a scooter. An 18 year old Edmonds man was driving a Scion passenger car east on State Route 104 in the City of Shoreline, turning left onto 19th Ave. NE. The rider of a Zhongneng scooter, a 63 year old Bothell man, traveling west on State Route 104 struck the Scion in the front bumper. The rider was thrown from the scooter and taken to the hospital but did not survive his injuries.

    The cause of the collision is still under investigation but heavy rain that decreased visibility is believed to be a factor.

    Now more than ever the Washington State Patrol urges motorists to drive with caution. Rain and snow are only a few of the challenges that decrease visibility on the roadway. Take time to make sure all vehicle lights are functional and not covered by snow or dirt. Motorcycle and bicycle riders should use extra caution and wear visible clothing with reflective striping to increase visibility.

    With the recession, many motorists have moved to riding bicycles and motorcycles when looking for ways to keep commuting expenses low. The Washington Department of Licensing reports just over 23 percent of the states motorcycle and mopeds are currently licensed in King County.

    Taking an extra moment to be aware of the roadway, other vehicles and minimizing driver distractions can save a life.

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