Motorcyclist dies in U.S. 2 wreck

SULTAN — Detectives are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident on U.S. 2.

A Sultan man, 47, was riding a motorcycle westbound on U.S. 2 about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when a Honda sedan pulled out in front of him at Rice Road, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

The motorcycle struck the Honda and the motorcyclist was killed.

His name was not immediately released.

The Honda’s driver, a 16-year-old Marysville girl, and a passenger, a 17-year-old Snohomish boy, were not injured in the crash.

Transportation crews closed U.S. 2 in both directions at the scene of the crash, but a detour was set up.

The sheriff’s Collision Investigation Unit is looking into the accident, Hover said.

The investigation at the scene of a major crash is usually just the beginning for detectives.

“Detectives sometimes use data to reconstruct the events leading up to and including the crash,” Hover said. “It takes time to gather all the data from various sources.”

Wednesday’s accident happened at a busy, four-way intersection, Sultan Police Chief Jeff Brand said.

The posted speed limit on U.S. 2 is 50 mph. The highway is notorious for serious accidents.

“It’s been an intersection with ongoing problems,” Brand said. “There’s a lot going on.”

Traffic accidents have happened here before, some resulting in injuries, Brand said. There’s been talk about installing a traffic light at the intersection.

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