Island County deputy involved in Camano Island car crash

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatality accident on Camano Island Saturday that involved an Island County Sheriff’s deputy.

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:20pm
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The Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatality accident on Camano Island Saturday that involved an Island County Sheriff’s deputy.

Stanwood resident Leonard Hooppaw, 43, was killed when his 1990 Harley Davidson FXSTC motorcycle struck a “fully marked” deputy’s cruiser on South Camano Drive, according to a report from the state patrol.

The motorcycle was southbound at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate a curve, crossed over the double-yellow centerline and collided head-on with the 2014 Dodge Charger driven by Deputy Lucas Plambeck, the report states.

Hooppaw was ejected and killed in the collision.

The accident was reported at 5:23 p.m.

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said Plambeck, a 33-year-old Coupeville resident, was also injured. He was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, where he was treated and released later that day.

Brown said the impact crushed in the front of the car.

“He’s lucky to be alive,” he said.

Plambeck is recuperating at home from both the physical and emotional trauma of being involved in an accident with a fatality, the sheriff said.

The state patrol reported that “speed too fast” was the likely cause of the accident.


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