Everyone knows that motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous. Since 2001, the number of motorcycle related fatalities has increased 50%. For a Seattle motorcycle accident attorney and Washington fatal accident lawyer, these statistics are startling. Unfortunately, these numbers continue to rise around Washington State.
Sunday afternoon, a 59-year-old motorcyclist lost control and drove off the road. Sadly, the man was discovered with very serious injuries and later died.
The incident occurred around 6 p.m. in Port Angeles. John M. Fullerton was driving southbound on Highway 117 with a group of motorcyclists. He drifted off the Tumwater Truck Route and was thrown off his motorcycle. Police found him seriously injured in a ditch on the west side of the road.
He was rushed to Olympic Medical Center and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he later died.
Witnesses believe there were no outside factors that may have contributed to the motorcycle accident.
He was wearing a helmet and there were no other vehicle around at the time of the crash. It is still unclear what caused Fullerton to lose control of his motorcycle.
Investigators are using a toxicology test to determine if drugs or alcohol contributed to the deadly crash. They are still awaiting the results.
Fullerton recently retired from the Coast Guard and Washington Marine Repair in Port Angeles. He leaves behind his wife, Betsy, and his 10-year-old son, Josiah.
We are very sorry to learn about this tragic loss. We offer our condolences to the victim’s family during this very difficult time.