Thurston County Driver Arrested on Vehicular Homicide Charge After Crash With Motorcycle

By The Chronicle

A motorcyclist is dead and a second driver is facing a vehicular homicide charge after an allegedly alcohol-related crash in Yelm Saturday night, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Samuel Everly, 32, of Yelm, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide after motorcyclist Jaron M. Middleton, 34, of Yelm, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputies first responded at 10:17 p.m. Saturday to a report of a pickup in a ditch near the intersection of 148th Avenue Southeast and Solberg Road Southeast.

Fire rescue crews arrived first and informed law enforcement of a second vehicle involved — a motorcycle.

Deputies and an accident investigator from the Washington State Patrol determined Everly was driving east on 148th street in a pickup when it hit a motorcycle driving in the westbound lane at the intersection of Solberg Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

The investigation also determined Everly was under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into the Thurston County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.