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.
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“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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