Auburn man killed in motorcycle accident

The man has not been identified pending the notification of his next of kin.

A 56-year-old Auburn man was killed in a crash while riding his motorcycle on state Route 167 on Saturday, July 9, according to the Washington State Patrol.

At approximately 9 p.m. the motorcyclist and the driver of a white Audi were traveling southbound on state Route 167 near 15th Street Northwest. The driver of the Audi was in the far left lane and began slowing down for traffic, at the same time, the motorcyclist merged from the right lane into the left lane behind the Audi, according to the Washington State Patrol.

As he merged, the motorcyclist didn’t slow down in time and collided with the back of the Audi causing him to lose control and fall, Washington State Patrol said.

The motorcyclist slid about 30 yards from where the crash occurred and came to rest on the right shoulder, the Audi came to rest about 50 yards from the crash site on the right shoulder.

Even though he was wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene, the Driver of the Audi was uninjured, according to the Washington State Patrol.