Motorcyclist tumbles off I-90 overpass while eluding police

August 12, 2014

By Peter Clark

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Highlands Drive exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below.

A Washington State Patrol trooper clocked two motorcycles over the speed limit heading eastbound on I-90 and initiated a traffic stop, according to Trooper Karim Boukabou.

“A trooper was working general traffic and saw the two motorcycles accelerate at a big rate,” he said. “They were going about 22 miles over the speed limit.”

By Greg Farrar Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

By Greg Farrar
Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

He said a blue motorcycle sped up to 130-140 miles per hour, while a yellow Ducati 749 did not flee as quickly.

“They were passing traffic on the shoulder, fleeing the trooper, and exited on the Highlands Drive exit,” Boukabou said. “The yellow one wasn’t as fast.”

He said the driver, Jeffery Kimmel, 22, of Newcastle, hit the exit barrier near the top of the ramp and fell over the side — a 68-foot drop.

“I still haven’t been able to confirm whether he was in the water or not,” Boukabou said.

The trooper stopped pursuit of the blue motorcycle because it began dangerously swerving around traffic, Boukabou said, and the rider got away.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded and posted on its Twitter account that the rider had multiple injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. A Harborview spokeswoman said Aug. 11 that Kimmel was in satisfactory condition.

By Greg Farrar A motorcycle landed down an Interstate 90 embankment in the shaded area at lower left, after flying off the curved eastbound exit overpass, top, from I-90 to the Issaquah Highlands. The Highlands Drive overpass runs right to left in the center of the photo.

By Greg Farrar
A motorcycle landed down an Interstate 90 embankment in the shaded area at lower left, after flying off the curved eastbound exit overpass, top, from I-90 to the Issaquah Highlands. The Highlands Drive overpass runs right to left in the center of the photo.

Boukabou said it remained unclear why the motorcycles sped away from the trooper. Boukabou said Kimmel had no motorcycle endorsement for his license, which may have contributed to his reaction.

Kimmel will at least be charged with attempting to elude a trooper, a felony, according to a Washington State Patrol press release.

“The incident’s still under investigation,” Boukabou said. “A lot of people don’t run from a traffic citation.”

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One Response to “Motorcyclist tumbles off I-90 overpass while eluding police”

  1. bryan weinstein on August 14th, 2014 8:21 am

    i’m getting tired of seeing these hot rod bikers get their play-time out on public roads. as summer heats up, more and more of them will think that the rules are not applicable to them. i’ve been riding for 30 years, no tickets, no accidents because i follow the rules. guys like these give a bad name to motorcycles and riders. the rules are always applicable, and cannot be ignored, especially the rules of mass, speed, friction and gravity.

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