Motorcycle rider to hospital after late-night crash in Arbor Heights

October 2, 2013 at 1:58 am | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Thanks to the reader who texted photos from a late-night motorcycle crash in the 11000 block of 35th SW in Arbor Heights (map) and reports the rider “hit some mailboxes on the right side of the road and then crashed,” apparently after swerving to avoid a trash can in the road. The photo above shows those mailboxes. Radio communications with medics after the crash described the rider as 41 years old and believed to have been traveling at high speed at the time of the crash.

Via Twitter, SFD verified that the motorcycle rider was in stable condition with arm fractures when taken to the hospital.


  1. That guy was lucky all he got was a broken arm. He hit nearly everything on the street for at least a block (garbage cans, two set of mailbox posts) before he and his bike stopped sliding. A lot of people race bikes up and down that stretch of road. He is lucky he went off on the right side of the road. Had he gone left the cars parked on the street would have been less forgiving.

    Comment by Wes C. Addle — 9:35 am October 2, 2013 #

  2. wow, hope the mailbox bandits aren’t seeing this post pic of all the mail scattered; people really leave that much mail in their boxes?

    Comment by Diane — 12:41 pm October 2, 2013 #

  3. That was my man broken arm is not all that happened thank you very much

    Comment by sophia — 1:47 pm October 2, 2013 #

  4. Sophia – sending healing thoughts to you and your man. Looked like a bad wreck…glad he’s still with us.

    Comment by HelperMonkey — 3:34 pm October 2, 2013 #

  5. Sophia – I was just relaying what was posted by the SFD. He definitely looked worse when we got to the scene.

    Comment by Wes C. Addle — 4:29 pm October 2, 2013 #

  6. Speeding or not he’s lucky to be alive!

    And I agree with Diane, why do people leave their mail in their boxes like that with all the identity creeps out looking for easy pickings!? All it takes is just 1 second to grab your mail and just 1 second to wreck your life by thieves.

    And bring your trash can in if WM has collected your trash.

    Comment by payrollgirl — 4:53 pm October 2, 2013 #

  7. I retrieve my mail maybe once a week. I don’t have anything of value come here. Just a load of junk mail and catalogs arrive, so my box is neglected often.

    Comment by Biankat — 9:52 pm October 2, 2013 #

  8. Thank you I’m glad he’s alive

    Comment by sophia — 11:09 pm October 2, 2013 #

  9. I agree with Wes C Addle – cars and motorcycles regularly speed excessively through this stretch down to Arroyos at night. Would love to see some increased police presence 10pm onward once in awhile – a few expensive speeding/reckless driving tickets and this would be curbed.

    Comment by Tim — 9:42 am October 3, 2013 #

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