SK woman dies in motorcycle mishap

A South Kitsap woman died Saturday morning after her motorcycle collided with an oncoming pickup on Lake Flora Road.

Priscilla Hall, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said it looked like she lost control of her 1994 Harley-Davidson while traveling westbound and veered into the path of an eastbound 1986 Toyota pickup just west of Glenwood Road.

The driver of the pickup, a South Kitsap man, was uninjured in the collision.

The accident, which occurred around 10:30 a.m., is being investigated by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department. However, Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said he doesn’t expect anyone will be cited for the crash.

Wilson said none involved appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and no one appeared to be speeding.

The speed limit on Lake Flora is high, he pointed out — between 40 and 50 mph. In addition, it seems clear Hall was the one who crossed into the pickup’s lane.

“It’s basically a very unfortunate, tragic accident,” Wilson said.

Wilson said Hall’s family told police she was a relative novice on the motorcycle. Her husband was with her at the time of the crash, riding in front of her on another motorcycle.

Although Hall was reportedly wearing her helmet, Wilson said he wasn’t sure whether it made much of a difference.

“She had a lot of broken bones — severe traumatic injuries,” he said.

There are still some issues with the crash that need to be looked at, Wilson explained. For starters, no one yet knows what caused Hall to lose control of her bike. Wilson said the Sheriff’s Office would look into possible defects the bike may have had.

In addition, an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. Wilson said the department will not yet release where or how Hall struck the truck, which may be a factor in the investigation.

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