A California man operating a motorcycle was killed and his passenger critically injured when they collided with a car on State Route 14 at the upper intersection to SR 97. Both were ejected from the motorcycle.
The Sept. 4 collision occurred at 12:35 p.m., when the state patrol received reports that a motorcycle versus car collision occurred at the intersection of SR 14 and SR 97.
Units from the State Patrol, Klickitat Sheriff's Office, Department of Transportation, Klickitat Aid and Rescue personnel responded to the scene.
David Busch, 64, of Hesperia, Calif., was operating a 2006 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle traveling westbound on SR 14. Richard Peterson, 35, Bend, Ore., was driving a 2005 Dodge Magnum south on SR 97. Peterson stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of SR 14 and SR 97 and then attempted to turn left (east) onto SR 14. He then collided with the westbound Honda.
Busch and his passenger Judy Russell from Hesperia, Calif., were both ejected from the motorcycle. Busch was pronounced dead at the scene and Russell was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore.
At the time of this report, she was being airlifted to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland.
Both had been wearing helmets.
Peterson and his wife and two daughters that were in the car with him were not injured and had been using occupant restraints.
The accident blocked a small section of SR 14 for almost four hours. However, the traffic flow was not disrupted and vehicles were able to get around the scene.
The collision remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.
A West Linn, Ore., man suffered abrasions and contusions when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 14 near milepost 70, three miles east of Bingen.
The accident occurred on Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at approximately 11:05 a.m.
According to the report, Brian N. Bell, 54, was eastbound on SR 14. His Harley Davidson motorcycle left the roadway to the right in a curve. Bell was ejected. The motorcycle and rider came to rest on the eastbound shoulder.
Bell was taken to Skyline Hospital by private vehicle.