On 03/13/2015 at 0645 hours (AM) the Richland Police Department responded to an injury accident on VanGiesen St near Alder Ave. A Harley Davidson motorcycle was being ridden west on VanGiesen St by a 35 year old Richland man when it struck a pedestrian in the westbound lane of travel. The pedestrian, an 85 year old Richland woman, was not in a crosswalk and was knocked to the pavement. The pedestrian received injuries to the head, face, and chest area and was transported to Kadlec Medical Center by a Richland Ambulance. The motorcycle injuries were minor and he remained at the scene of the accident. Speed did not appear to be a factor according to an independent witness, however, it was still dark outside when the accident occurred.
The pedestrian was identified as 85 year old Laverne Weissenfels of Richland.
The motorcycle rider was identified as 35 year old Robert D. Turner of Richland
The accident is being investigated by Detective Damon Jansen who is a Collision Reconstructionist.
For additional information contact: Sergeant Brian Ruegsegger Ph. 528-0245