Updated Tuesday, March 28 with additional details.
A 32-year-old Mountlake Terrace man died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a vehicle at the intersection of 44th Avenue West and 212th Street Southwest about 4:35 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Mountlake Terrace Police Commander Mike Haynes said the police investigation indicates that the motorcyclist — traveling east on 212th Street Southwest — was trying to beat the traffic light and drove through the intersection as it was turning red.
“Witnesses stated he was driving at a high rate of speed,” Haynes said.
As the light changed, the driver of a vehicle that was westbound on 212th turned south on 44th in front of the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist “collided with the vehicle and died as a result of injury sustained in the collision,” Haynes said.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the motorcyclist was determined to be under the influence of intoxicants. She was booked for DUI drugs and also for reckless endangerment as her child was in the vehicle with her, Haynes said.
At this specific intersection ALL the turn lanes need to be changed to Turn on Green arrow only. No Yield to oncoming traffic. There are soooo many accidents at the intersection. This time of year the sun is out at this time in the afternoon and its horrible heading West on 212th and trying to see lights let alone vehicles coming.
Be safe. I have been going to the coffee shop on the corner about 3x week in the afternoon for the past couple of months. This isn’t the first time I have seen the police investigating an accident at this intersection.
This one if the busiest streets in Lynnwood in the morning and afternoon thanks to both Mount Lake Terrace and Lynnwood for adding bike lanes and turning the street into 1 lane both directions. Nobody uses the bike lane except on the weekend. Stupid!
I live a block away from that intersection, and I am crossing it for over 25 years, never liked it, especially if you are turning south on 44 th Ave from 212 st with flushing yellow. My daughter had identical accident back in November at the same intersection with the same scenario. It was serious one with minor injury’s, thanks god. Be careful and stay safe!
You should rewrite this article and start with “an intoxicated driver hit and killed a motorcyclist…” You make it sound like it was the motorcyclist’s fault when a drunk/intoxicated driver killed the man but you buried it in the last paragraph that most people won’t even read.
There was several witnesses who saw the accident and that is not what happened. He was speeding to get thru light his front tire was seen to be off the ground that is what caused the accident. As sad as it is.
The driver definitely shouldn’t have been behind the wheel. Obviously they both have some fault.
How is this not vehicular manslaughter at a minimum if the car driver was DUI impaired?
Praying for the family of the motorcyclist and the driver of the car.
I think its fitting to offer some more information about the person killed in the accident. The person was a kind, helpful, loving person, that meant a lot to us in the gaming world. He was known as HateLesS Gaming and streamed on Twitch. He played Eve Online and was a creative, happy, and supportive person. We are all devastated about this tragedy and will be mourning his loss for many years to come. Thank you Anthony/Hateless. We miss you buddy.
Fly Safe Capsuleer. Cyno Up o7
absolutely the lights have to be changed on this extreme intersection of 44th St SW and 212th Street in Mountlake Terrace; How City and Police don’t see it! So danger to cross 44th St SW as a pedestrian while incoming traffic from 212th only yield on yellow light turning left and keep going with the speed!!!
Install a traffic circle like at 5 corners in Edmonds. I bet it would work.If it saves 1 life its worth it. Just a thought..
They won’t put in circles because it’s a main road for firefighters fire trucks. We tried desperately on 39th because we’ve had 2-3 fatalities we did petitions went to city council meetings they declined. I know people keep referencing Lynnwood however this 212 & 44 is in Mountlake Terrace.
Everybody’s in a hurry to get somewhere and they’ll run a yellow light that quickly turns red. Life is not a race. Slow down. Leave early giving yourself enough time to get somewhere safely. Drive defensively you cannot predict the other drivers especially when you can take the test in 11 different languages and all the signs are in English. Many other countries it’s a bump or crash and keep going and the vehicles look like it. Slow down be more aware be courteous to others on the road just imagine if high school kids were walking or crossing the street when this happened it could have been a lot worse.
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