Collision lands Coupeville motorcyclist in hospital

A Coupeville man was hospitalized Wednesday after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Engle Road.

Gary Kelly, 76, was transported to Whidbey General Hospital shortly after the accident. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that Kelly had been treated and released.

According to a Washington State Patrol news release, the collision occurred at about 3:30 p.m. at a rural intersection a few miles south of town. Kelly was southbound on Engle Road on a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King when a northbound driver turned into his path.

The news release reports that Coupeville resident Randy Thiesfeld, 52, made a left turn toward Hill Road in a 1993 Jeep Cherokee. The turn carried him into Kelly's path and the motorcycle struck the rear portion of the Thiesfeld's vehicle.

According to the release, Thiesfeld was not injured but both vehicles suffered "reportable damage" and were impounded to a Burlington bullpen.

The release said the cause of the accident was failure to yield to right of way and that charges are pending. Drugs or alcohol are believed to have been a factor in the accident.



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