Motorcyclist who died in U.S. 2 crash is identified

SNOHOMISH — A motorcyclist who died Saturday in a crash on U.S. 2 has been identified as a Snohomish man.

Richard Lopez was riding a black Yamaha XVS1100 east on the highway near Lake Stevens around 10:20 a.m., in a funeral procession with a number of other bikers. He lost control of his bike near Bickford Avenue, when its brakes apparently locked up, for reasons that remain unclear, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Others tried to save him by performing CPR.

Lopez died of blunt force injuries, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday after an autopsy. He was 69.

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