Issaquah man dies in motorcycle accident on Tiger Mountain Road

March 24, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1:45 p.m. March 24, 2010

A motorcycle driver died Saturday after he struck a pickup just south of Issaquah.

Authorities said a Toyota Tundra was headed eastbound on a winding stretch of Tiger Mountain Road at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. When the 18 year-old driver made a left-hand turn onto 241st Place Southeast, the motorcycle struck the truck. The driver apparently did not the see westbound motorcycle.

The motorcycle struck the right rear of the truck. The impact threw the motorcycle driver more than 50 feet.

Bellevue firefighters and the King County Sheriff’s Office said the driver, Issaquah resident Kenneth Earl Solders, 57, died at the scene. He wore a full-face helmet.

The driver of the pickup, another Issaquah resident, was not injured in the accident.

Authorities said the accident had no evidence of drugs or alcohol. The sheriff’s office said the investigation continues.

Remembrances for the accident victim may be sent to Rite Care of Washington, 3227 N.E. 125th St., Seattle WA 98125-4516. A funeral and celebration of life will be held April 3 at Maximilien Restaurant, 81 Pike St. #A, Seattle, at 4 p.m.

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5 Responses to “Issaquah man dies in motorcycle accident on Tiger Mountain Road”

  1. Steve on March 24th, 2010 4:33 pm

    While Tiger Mountain Road is, indeed, snaky, I wouldn’t call that stretch of it “winding”. In fact, when you map this scene, the accident occurred on the longest nearly straight stretch of Tiger Mountain Road.

    Here is the roadway view the pickup driver had immediately before turning left:,-122.01858&spn=0,359.961891&t=h&z=15&layer=c&cbll=47.47465,-122.01872&panoid=gjSrtAo2daSRJ1TgdXYMLA&cbp=12,83.03,,0,2.36

    Someone must have been driving extremely inattentively. That is very sad.

  2. Nathan on March 25th, 2010 1:10 pm

    Another example of people not looking for motorcycles while driving. The driver of the Toyota should be cited/charged. I would bet the motorcycle even had it headlight on, as do most motorcycle riders. A shame, my thoughts and prayers go out to the rider’s family.

  3. Barbara on March 27th, 2010 2:09 pm

    Ken’s Celebration of his Life has been changed to 6pm on April 3, 2010 at Maximillien Restraunt, 81 Pike St # A, seattle, Wa 98101.

  4. Tami on March 27th, 2010 8:41 pm

    It is really easy to judge this situation before the investigation is complete. This Toyota driver is a wonderful Christian boy who volunteered his day to help his youth pastor move. He was not speeding on some joy ride as his truck was loaded. It was a 35 mph zone and there was an extremely lengthy skid mark from the motorcycle indicating speed may have been involved.

  5. Abraham Peterson on March 29th, 2010 10:34 pm

    The police measured to skid marks and calculated the speed of the motorcycle, and in fact the motorcycle was traveling the speed limit. The motorcycle driver was in no way the cause of the accident. Speed was NO factor.

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