Port Orchard motorcyclist killed near Manchester

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office traffic investigators continue to look into the cause of the crash that killed a Port Orchard motorcyclist March 7 near Manchester.

Ralph Marchant, 55, died at the scene from injuries suffered after he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a metal sign post.

Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman, said the man died at the scene located in the 7300 block of Beach Drive East. The accident happened about 6:07 p.m.

KCSO traffic investigators reported that two motorcyclists were traveling southbound on Beach Drive East, led by the now deceased man with his 25-year-old son following.

The first motorcyclist failed to negotiate the curve; he crossed the center line into the northbound lane of travel, then onto that lane’s shoulder. The Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle went down and the operator was thrown from the motorcycle, striking a metal sign post, Wilson reported.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue aid and medic units arrived at the scene and rendered emergency medical care. After efforts by emergency crews, the motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene.

Wilson said the county’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy; the coroner will make a determination as to cause and manner of death.

This was the second Port Orchard resident killed in a motorcycle wreck in the last 10 days. John David Harris, 36, of Port Orchard, died Feb. 25 after his 2007 Yamaha Star motorcycle was hit head-on by a 2004 Chevy truck.

The accident occurred around 6:10 p.m. at the intersection of Kitsap Mall Blvd. and NW Randall Way.


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