UPDATED: Dirt Biker Killed in Crash on Rhododendron Drive East

22-year-old Buckley man Zachary Rice died Monday after he crashed his dirt bike into a parked vehicle on Rhododendron Drive East in Bonney Lake, according to East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

UPDATED 9/4/12

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has identified the dirt biker as 22-year-old Zachary Rice, from Buckley.


A dirt biker was killed after he crashed into a parked car on the 20200 block of Rhododendron Drive East just before 5 p.m. on Labor Day, according to East Pierce Fire and Rescue. Firefighters arrived to find the man dead at the scene.

Investigators have not yet released the man's name and Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of the accident.

The fatality capped a busy Labor Day weekend for the firefighters, beginning 9:30 a.m. Saturday with a high-speed motorcycle crash in the northbound lane of State Route 167. East Pierce crews transported the driver to a local trauma center.

At noon, the firefighters responded to a garage fire on 2700 block of 185th Avenue East on Snag Island. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the garage, keeping it from spreading to the house. No injuries were reported.

At 1:30 p.m. . Both the sport utility vehicle and trailer ended up on their roofs, blocking all lanes of traffic for 1.5 hours. No one was transported to the hospital. Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver.

East Pierce firefighters were also called to Mowich Lake at 2:45 p.m. to assist park rangers with a patient who was having difficulty breathing. The patient was nearly two miles from the main road. Firefighters had to pack him out on foot using a specially-designed stretcher. They were assisted by a crew from the Carbonado Fire Department. East Pierce firefighter-paramedics transported the patient to local hospital.

Firefighters transported the seriously injured patient to a landing zone at Carbonado Elementary School, where he was airlifted to Harborview.

Later that evening, East Pierce firefighters responded to reports of a high-speed motorcycle accident at the 4100 block of Meridian East in Edgewood. The driver was transported to local trauma center. Edgewood Police estimate the motorcycle was traveling at speeds up to 100 miles an hour when it crashed at 10:49 p.m. No other vehicles involved.


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