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Motorcyclist killed moments after he got speeding ticket in Tacoma is identified

Washjngton State Patrol officers work the scene where a motorcyclist was killed Thursday afternoon when he collided with a box truck (in background) eastbound on state Route 16 in Tacoma.
Washjngton State Patrol officers work the scene where a motorcyclist was killed Thursday afternoon when he collided with a box truck (in background) eastbound on state Route 16 in Tacoma. dperine@thenewstribune.com

A motorcyclist who died Thursday after crashing into the back of a box truck on state Route 16 in Tacoma has been identified as Carter Conrad.

A Washington State Patrol trooper gave Conrad, 44, of Tacoma, a speeding ticket just minutes before his death for traveling 81 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Conrad was speeding and following too close when he hit the back of the box truck, which was stopped in rush-hour traffic on eastbound state Route 16 just west of the Union Avenue exit.

The truck driver was not hurt.

“He already had a history of speeding,” trooper Todd Bartolac said. “Even if he was doing the speed limit and hit the back of a 26,000-pound box truck, there’s no winning.”

The accident happened about 5 p.m. Investigators blocked off eastbound lanes at Union Avenue for nearly two hours while they processed the scene.

Conrad’s 2014 Honda NC700X motorcycle was totaled.

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