A Clinton man was killed Friday afternoon in a single motorcycle accident on South Whidbey, according to Washington State Patrol.
Jeffrey W. Bryant, 61, was driving his 1991 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on Bailey Road in Clinton around 5 p.m. Sept. 22 when he failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway to the right, the state patrol reported. Bryant was wearing a non-United States Department of Transportation compliant helmet at the time of the accident, which occurred near the intersection at Barred Owl Way.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Terry Ney said Bryant drove down a small embankment and through an electric fence before coming to a rest in a pasture. South Whidbey Fire, along with WhidbeyHealth, Island County Sheriff’s Office and Langley Police Department responded to the scene.
Responders administered CPR and advanced life support for around 20 minutes, Ney said, but ultimately Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene. Ney said the electric fence was unrelated to the accident and was not the cause of death, as electric fence chargers do not have the amperage necessary to cause injury.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident. State patrol reported that speed was the cause of the accident; alcohol or other drugs were not involved. The motorcycle was towed from the scene with reportable damage.
A portion of the road was temporarily closed to traffic while responders attended to the scene.