A Spokane Man Died After A Motorcycle Crash In Whitman County
Whitman County Sheriff's Department Press Release:
Sunday morning around 11:30am Whitman County Deputies along with EMS personnel from St John and Sprague responded to a report of two motorcycles that had crashed on Rock Lake Rd just south of Dewey Rd.
When Deputies arrived they saw two "cruiser" type motorcycles resting about 15 feet off of the west side of the roadway approximately 20 feet apart. Deputies were told that a group of 5 motorcycles had been traveling south on Rock Lake Rd. Witnesses said as the motorcycles negotiated a left hand corner in the roadway, the last two motorcycles drifted too far toward the shoulder causing them to get caught in the gravel. Witnesses on scene stated the motorcycles were traveling with substantial distance between them and there was never any contact between them prior to leaving the road.
The first motorcycle, a 2011 Harley Davidson FLX10, left the roadway ejecting the driver, Gary A Morris, 54 and his passenger, April M Morris, 48. Both received minor injuries and were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center via ambulance. The Morris' are from Spokane Valley.
The second motorcycle, a 2003 Harley Davidson FLTRI, driven by Thomas E McCracken, 64, left the roadway at the same point and ejected him. McCracken died on scene as a result of his injuries. McCracken is from Spokane.
All of the motorcyclists were experienced and were wearing helmets and protective clothing.
The Whitman County Sheriff's Office would like to remind all motorists to use extreme caution when traveling county roads this spring. Loose gravel on the roadways from the winter season makes them especially hazardous to motorcycles and bicycles.
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