Island County, WA– The Washington State Patrol responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash on State Route 525 near Houston Road in Island County around 10:58 p.m. on October 14th, 2022.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 60-year-old Edward “Ed” Taylor, of Burlington, Washington was traveling Northbound on State Route 525 near Houston Road on a 2017 Kawasaki ZX1400 motorcycle when his bike left the roadway to the right for an unknown reason and came to rest in the ditch.
According to Troopers, Mr. Taylor was wearing a USDOT Compliant Helmet at the time of the crash and was transported to Whidbey Health Medical Center for treatment where he was pronounced deceased. Troopers say Next of Kin notification was completed by the Island County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Motorcycle was impounded by Scotty’s Towing.
Ed Taylor was the popular owner of Taylor Driving Schools in Burlington; Washington. The Commercial Driver’s License Truck driving school announced the news on their Facebook page earlier in the day, with former students commenting on what a wonderful boss and person Ed was.
Ed Taylor is known in the community for his annual community “Job Fair” where the entire community was invited out to enjoy a day in the sun with free food and local businesses set up looking to recruit new employees. The school gave away a CDL class each year at the job fair.
RE: Washington State Patrol Case Number: 22-017464