Motorcyclist, 61, killed after teens crash while street racing in Spanaway, deputies say



SPANAWAY, Wash. -- A motorcyclist was killed after authorities say two cars driven by teens crashed while street racing Tuesday in Spanaway.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a 16-year-old boy driving a Dodge Stratus met an 18-year-old boy driving an Acura TSX at a Spanaway gas station. Det. Ed Troyer said the drivers knew each other from school and exchanged words before leaving the gas station at 176th St E & 22nd Ave E.

Witnesses told deputies that both cars were racing on 182nd St E. around 10:45 p.m.

Troyer said both cars were heading west when the Acura drove into the eastbound lanes and cut off the Dodge. The driver of the Dodge lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a motorcycle.

The 61-year-old motorcyclist crashed into a mailbox and a fence before he was thrown into some bushes. He suffered severe injuries to his leg, head and back.

Authorities said the driver was taken to a nearby hospital but died on Thursday. He was later identified as Rollin Lee Gray.

Deputies said neither of the drivers appeared to be impaired at the time.

The driver of the Acura left the scene of the crash but was later contacted by deputies.

The 16-year-old driver of the Dodge had only a learner's permit and was driving with an 18-year-old male passenger.

Both were cited and released pending further investigation.