Washington State Patrol

Texas Motorcyclist Injured in Crash East of Randle

By The Chronicle

A Texas motorcyclist was injured Friday morning after reportedly trying to pass a vehicle that was making a left turn, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash was reported at 11:56 a.m. on Friday at milepost 123 of U.S. Highway 12 about 8 miles east of Randle.

According to a report from the State Patrol, the motorcyclist, identified as Robert D. Estep, 56, of Crosby, Texas, was riding a 2008 Honda Goldwing westbound on Highway 12 behind a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Patricia L. Brown, 70, of Arlington.

The SUV attempted a left turn across the eastbound lanes into a private driveway. 

Meanwhile, Estep tried to pass on the left and collided with the SUV in the eastbound lane. 

The crash was caused by improper passing, according to the State Patrol. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected to be a factor. 

Estep was injured and transported to Morton General Hospital. Brown was not injured.