Woman Dies in Motorcycle Crash on SR20 East of Diablo

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Skagit County, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a vehicle verses motorcycle crash on Eastbound State Route 20 near milepost 146 around 12:36 p.m. on August 7th, 2017.

According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 62-year old Helen Sumner of Kelowana, BC was traveling Westbound on State Route 20 near milepost 146 on a black  2016 Harley Davidson Motorcycle when she crossed a double yellow line into the Eastbound lanes.  An Eastbound 2013 Toyota Avalon being driven by 81-year old Charles Ingalls of Port Townsend attempted to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a crash but the Harley Davidson struck the Toyota Avalon head-on.   Both Vehicles came to rest fully blocking the roadway.  Mr. Ingalls was not injured in the crash.  A passenger, 81-year old Phyllis Ingalls of Port Townsend  was injured and transported by medics to United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley for treatment.

Helen Sumner died at the scene as a result of her injuries. The press memo states she had a valid motorcycle endorsement and was wearing a USDOT compliant helmet at the time of the crash. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected in the crash.

Both vehicles were impounded by Carl’s Towing for Safe Keeping.

The cause of the crash is listed as “Crossing Double Yellow Line”

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