OTHELLO -- One motorcyclist was hurt and his son was killed Wednesday afternoon on Highway 17 about seven miles south of Othello when a van crossed into oncoming traffic.
Kenneth C. Owens, 55, of Redmond, died at the scene near Lemaster Road when his 2006 Harley Davidson collided with the 2002 Ford Econoline van.
The Washington State Patrol said his father, Robert E. Owens, 76, of Langley, suffered internal injuries and was flown to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. He was reported in critical condition Wednesday evening.
The men were headed south on motorcycles with a third motorcyclist, Willard C. Michael, 73, of Freeland, when the northbound van driven by John A. Mosley, 61, of Cle Elum, veered into their lane.
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Kenneth Owens and Robert Owens' cycles collided with the van. The third motorcycle was hit by debris.
Neither Michael nor Mosley was seriously injured. The cyclists were using approved helmets. Mosley was wearing a seat belt.
The state patrol said the cause of the accident is under investigation.
Kennewick driver hurt after hitting parked van
KENNEWICK -- A Kennewick driver was hospitalized Wednesday morning after colliding with a parked van at 1 a.m.
Troy Vanderpool, 45, was heading north on Olympia Street near 47th Avenue in a red Jeep when he drifted over the center line, left the road and hit the unoccupied van, said Kennewick police.
His Jeep rolled and landed in the street on its top.
Vanderpool was trapped inside and had to be rescued by Kennewick firefighters.
Vanderpool was taken to Kennewick General Hospital with several injuries and later was said to be in good condition but transferred to another unnamed hospital.
Police are investigating alcohol and speed as suspected factors in the accident.