Driver Identified in Fatal Whatcom County Motorcycle Accident

fatal motorcycle file photoWhatcom County, WA:  The Washington State patrol says that 32 year old Dominic J. Swope of Everson, was killed in a 3 car motor vehicle collision on State Route 544 just after 7 pm on May 30th, 2014.  Mr. Swope was driving a burgundy 1986 Harley Davidson Motorcycle Eastbound on SR544 in Whatcom County when he failed to slow for vehicles stopping ahead of him. According to the WSP  press release, Hector Olivares, 76, of Lynden was Eastbound on State Route 544 in a burgundy 1999 Dodge Caravan when he  slowed to make a left turn. The vehicle behind him, a burgundy 2002 Cadillac Deville, driven by Petra Gongalez Garcia slowed down as well and that is when the Eastbound Harley Davidson struck the Cadillac.  According to the Press release it is unknown if the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet or the two vehicle drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. The press release states speeds to fast for conditions as the cause of the accident. No charges are pending against either of the surviving drivers.


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