Date and Time: 06/05/2019 at 7:58 p.m.
Location: Brown Station Road at Leeway Drive
Vehicles and Drivers:
Vehicle 1 (motorcycle) - 2008 Kawasaki EX6508F Ninja 650R
Driver 1 - Skyler E. Dingwell, 25, of Centralia, DOT compliant helmet - Yes, Serious injuries
Vehicle 2 (marked police vehicle) - 2017 Ford Explorer
Driver 2 - Brandon Baden, 26, of Columbia, Seatbelt -Yes, Minor injuries
The crash occurred as Vehicle 1(motorcycle) was traveling southbound on Brown Station Road near Leeway Drive. Vehicle 1 attempted to pass an uninvolved vehicle on the left in a no passing zone. Vehicle 1 was then traveling southbound in the northbound lane of traffic. Vehicle 2 (marked police vehicle) was traveling northbound on Brown Station Road at Leeway Drive. Vehicle 1 then crashed head-on into Vehicle 2, causing Driver 1 to be ejected off Vehicle 1. The area in which the crash impact occurred has a median island to divide the traffic in addition to double yellow centerline paint stripe to mark the lanes.
Speed and diving actions of Vehicle 1 are believed to be contributing factors. Other contributing factors of the crash are still under investigation.
Case number: 2019-131134
Original Press Release(s):
Columbia Police investigate serious physical injury crash on June 4