Two motorcyclists killed in Saturday accidents
Two motorcyclists were killed in separate accidents on SR14 Saturday morning. The first accident occurred at 9:46 p.m. four miles west of Bingen. Renee M. Willeford, 51 of White Salmon was following another motorcycle westbound on SR14 when they came upon a pick-up waiting to turn left into a recreational area. According to the report, the first motorcycle passed the pick-up on the right but Willeford was unable to get by and struck the rear of the pick-up. Willeford died at the scene. The driver of the pick-up, Allen R. Paz, of Portland was uninjured.
The second accident occurred at 10:06 a.m. when Phillip J. King, 58, of Molalla failed to negotiate a turn at the lower junction of Highway 97 and SR14. According to the State Patrol report, King, who was northbound, entered the turn too fast and left the roadway to the east where he was ejected from the motorcycle, landing 20 feet away. He suffered head and internal injuries and was transported via Life Flight to Vancouver where he later died.
Earlier in the week Arthur A. Baker, of Hood River was involved in a single vehicle accident on SR14, 11 miles west of Roosevelt at Rock Creek Road. Baker was westbound in a 1996 Toyota Camry when he fell asleep and left the roadway. The car rolled and came to rest on the westbound shoulder. He was transported to Klickitat Valley Health with a sore neck and back. He was charged with negligent driving.