Motorcyclist Killed In Soap Lake Accident

A 78-year-old Coulee City man is dead as the result of a collision while riding his motorcycle on Monday.

Police say Benjamin Coates was southbound on State Route 17 north of Soap Lake when he passed three vehicles in a no passing lane and when he went back into the southbound lanes Coates lost control, going off the roadway and striking a rock wall.

Coates was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

Investigators say drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash.