Washington State Patrol

Updated: Identity of Motorcyclist Killed on I-5 Released

By The Chronicle

The Washington State Patrol is continuing to investigate a crash Tuesday morning in Centralia that killed a Chehalis motorcyclist.

The State Patrol identified the deceased person Tuesday evening as Michael T. Fields, 57, of Chehalis.

According to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office, his death was caused by “severe crushing injuries to the torso and extremities.”

According to a report from the State Patrol, Fields was heading northbound on a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 5 at about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning traveling near a red 2001 Chevrolet Silverado.

According to the state patrol, it is not known if there was any interaction between the motorcycle and the truck, but at some point, the motorcycle tipped over and slid across a lane, ending up on the freeway’s shoulder.

The rider was ejected into one of the two lanes of travel, and was struck by a 2018 Freightliner semi and trailer driven by a 64-year-old man from Phoenix Arizona.

The Chevrolet truck reportedly fled the scene.

The freeway was blocked for several hours as law enforcement and emergency services responded.

To report more information, call the Washington State Patrol at 360-449-7940.