Coupeville man killed in weekend motorcycle accident

A Coupeville man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Central Whidbey on June 12, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Matthew M. Blankenship, 41, was riding a 2015 BMW R1200 motorcycle north on Race Road at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate a curve in the road, left the roadway and struck a tree, the memo on the accident states.

The force of the collision propelled the motorcycle back into a 2018 Harley-Davidson FXBB that was driven by 25-year-old Jake Johnson of Oak Harbor.

Blankenship was transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Johnson was injured and treated at the scene.

The collision was reported at 6:25 p.m. The State Patrol reported that both men were wearing USDOT compliant helmets.

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