Accident sends motorcyclist to Harborview


A motorcyclist struck an SUV late last night on westbound Highway 12 near Elma, sending both vehicles spinning off the road and causing the SUV to roll over, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The motorcyclist, James Sorensen, 43, of Elma, has been involved in bringing the Vietnam Memorial Wall exhibit to Elma, where it is on display at the county fairgrounds. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was listed in serious condition Friday. He was wearing a helmet.

The two people in the SUV, a 48-year-old Aberdeen woman and her passenger, a 22-year-old Aberdeen woman, were taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital. The 48-year-old was treated and released. The younger woman was not admitted to the hospital. Both were wearing seat belts.

The crash happened near the intersection of Schouweiler Road and Highway 12 around 11 p.m. The vehicles were considered total losses.

The State Patrol reported that both drivers were heading westbound on Highway 12, with the motorcycle in the right lane and the SUV in the left. Near Schouweiler Road, Sorensen attempted to merge left and struck the SUV on its front passenger side, the Patrol said. The State Patrol said Sorensen’s unsafe lane change caused the crash.