Motorcyclist dies in crash

8:54 am August 6th, 2013

A collision Monday in the Spanaway area between a motorcycle and an automobile left one person dead, the State Patrol reported.
The fatality was identified as Tristan T. Newton, 27, of Tacoma.
Troopers said Newton was driving a motorcycle southbound on State Route 7 when he failed to stop for a red light at 204th Street and was struck by a car turning onto the highway. The car’s driver, a 50-year-old Spanaway man, wasn’t injured.

4 Responses to Motorcyclist dies in crash

  1. Hotdamsel2 Reply

    August 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I was there, he struck us. You’re reporting like we hit him. He hit the drivers side of my car. Because he chose to accelerate to blow through a red light, I have to live with the memory of seeing that image in my mind of him laying there, not moving, living in a low income, one wage earner family-my car is undriveable, and this happened in front of where I live. So sad for all of us…. Don’t run red lights!

    • Jeanne Reply

      September 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      I’m going to give the righteous responders to this article the benefit of the doubt that on a regular day you’re decent people who wouldn’t attempt to hurt this young mans friends and family with thoughtless words to promote your own agenda.
      Fatality wasn’t enough of a price to pay?

  2. Tony Sirgedas Reply

    August 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    It’s sad that this young man made a poor decision that took his life and affected others for the rest of theirs. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families involved and hope they can get through this tough time.
    It’s a good time to note that this is the beginning of “Red Light” week where information is being released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to highlight the dangers of red light runners. the NHTSA says “these tragedies occur at crossroads in small towns and big cities, leaving all of us at risk”.
    Red light cameras may not stop all red light runners and people may complain that they are only a new revenue source but they do work in preventing a lot of the more severe accidents at intersections with lights. I have worked for a fire department for over 30 years that has 2 of the busiest intersections in the state that both have red light cameras and have seen first hand the reduction in the number of fatality accidents at these locations.
    Be cautious and safe out there, and when your light turns green take a good look for those with complete disregard for others before you hit the gas.

  3. josh Reply

    August 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    He was my best friend of 13 or so years…you have no idea how much this tragedy is affecting everyone he and I knew

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