SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Patrol suspects alcohol was involved in the death of a motorcyclist who crashed off a freeway ramp in Seattle.

The patrol is investigating the crash about 4 a.m. Monday that killed 23-year-old Timothy Richard Wettack of Mercer Island.

Trooper Julie Startup says he was taking the southbound I-5 ramp to eastbound I-90 when he hit the barrier. The cycle stayed on the ramp but Wettack was ejected over the barrier and fell about 100 feet to the shoulder of I-5 below.

Startup says he was alive when emergency responders arrived, but he died of his injuries about an hour later at Harborview Medical Center.


— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press


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