YAKIMA, Wash. — A 33-year-old Yakima man was arrested after a suspected DUI crash that left another man with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Police were called to the intersection of Tieton Drive and South 26th Avenue around 4:40 p.m. Thursday for a pickup-motorcycle crash. Marks on the pavement indicated that a GMC Sierra pickup sharply turned right from the inside lane of Tieton Drive to South 26th Avenue, while the motorcycle went on its side and skidded west in the outside lane by the curb, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
A witness told officers that the motorcycle and the pickup were traveling west in the inside lane when the pickup’s left-turn signal went on, and the motorcyclist went to the right to go around the truck, the affidavit said. At that point, the pickup then abruptly turned right, and the motorcycle went down on its side and began sliding, the witness told officers.
The motorcyclist, Michael P. Johansing, 43, was initially taken to Virginia Mason Memorial hospital with what was described as a severe head injury, bruised lungs and internal bleeding, the affidavit said. He was then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was listed in serious condition Friday.
Ryan M. Moore, the truck’s driver, was arrested at the scene. Officers said his eyes appeared watery, his speech was slightly slurred and he had an odor of intoxicants about him, the affidavit said. Officers said Moore refused field sobriety tests.
He was booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of vehicular assault Thursday. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson ordered him released on his own recognizance during a Friday hearing.