Motorcycle fatality in collision in Aberdeen neighborhood


A 43-year-old motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in a collision with an SUV driven by a 54-year-old Aberdeen man on West 2nd Street in Aberdeen Sunday evening, Capt. John Green said.

The white 1994 SUV was headed west and slowed to make a right turn into the driveway of his home when the motorcyclist sped up and tried to pass on the right, the police report said.

“The vehicle driver was unaware of the passing motorcycle, and as he began the turn, the two collided,” the report added.

The motorcyclist “went flying into the fence” off the motorcycle, and landed in a yard in the 1500 block where he was unresponsive, his right leg visibly injured, Green said.

“The motorcycle continued westbound from the point of impact, striking a neighbor’s fence and coming to rest just off the sidewalk,” the police said.

The motorcyclist was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified by police as Robert James Jenkins of Aberdeen.

The vehicle driver was not injured in the collision, and he is cooperating with the police investigation.

“It is unlawful to pass on the right,” reminded Green, urging caution. Investigators from the Aberdeen Police Collision Investigation Team conducted the investigation, assisted by Sgt. Joe Strong of the Hoquiam Police Department.

The street remained closed until nearly 1 a.m.