Two motorcycle passengers died, and the drivers were seriously injured, in separate accidents on Highway 20 over the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to reports from the Washington State Patrol.
On Sunday (Sept. 6), Megan J. Harris, 27, of Auburn, was killed in a car/motorcycle collision on Highway 20 at milepost 171, about halfway between Mazama and Washington Pass. On Friday (Sept. 4), Freda A. Sallee, 77, of Rainier, died when the motorcycle she was riding collided with a deer on Highway 20 at milepost 206, just east of the intersection with Highway 153.
In the Sunday incident, which occurred at about 7:15 p.m., Megan Harris was the passenger on an eastbound motorcycle driven by Devin J. Harris, 35, of Seattle. according to the State Patrol. The motorcycle was behind a car driven by Brandon L. Kindred, 25, of Twisp, the report said.
According to the report, Kindred attempted to make a left-hand turn into a pullout. Devin Harris attempted to go around Kindred’s car on the left, side, the report said. The motorcycle collided with the rear of the car as the car was turning, the State Patrol said. The motorcycle came to rest in the eastbound lane; the car came rest in the westbound ditch, the report said.
Megan Harris was deceased at the scene, according to the report. Devin Harris was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Both were wearing helmets, the report said. Kindred, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was not injured, the report said.
The State Patrol’s preliminary determination was that the accident was caused by the motorcycle following too close. Drugs or alcohol were not involved, the report said.
In the Friday incident, the State Patrol reported that Sallee was the passenger on an eastbound motorcycle driven by Larry W. Pesacreta, 69, of Rainier. At about 7:40 p.m., the motorcycle collided with a deer that entered the highway, the report said.
According to the report, after the collision, the motorcycle crossed the westbound lane and into a field, went through a barbwire fence, rolled at least once, and came to rest in the field. Sallee was dead at the scene, the report said. Pesacreta was transported by air-lift to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
The State Patrol described the collision as “unavoidable.” Both the driver and passenger were wearing helmets, the State Patrol said.