The Washington State Patrol on Friday identified the motorcyclist killed in a wreck Thursday night on the westbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge as a 23-year-old Miami man.
Jeanpaul Latorre was heading across the bridge about 6:30 p.m. at speeds of about 100 miles per hour when he crashed into a car and was thrown onto the highway, the State Patrol said.
Another vehicle then hit him.
Latorre was riding a 2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000 with a group of motorcyclists before the crash and sped ahead of the group, according to the State Patrol.
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“It was so fast the other guys they couldn’t keep up,” trooper Todd Bartolac said. “When they came around the corner and passed Jackson Avenue, all they could see was a sea of red lights.”
Latorre might “not have known the bridge here” and was changing lanes on the metal grates of the span, Bartolac said.
He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.