Ernest Smart Dies in Motorcycle Accident on State Route 432 [Kelso, WA]

Ernest Smart Dies in Motorcycle Accident on State Route 432 [Kelso, WA]

Ernest Smart Dies in Motorcycle Accident on State Route 432 [Kelso, WA]

81-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed in Single-Vehicle Collision near Kelso Drive

KELSO, WA (August 16, 2023) – Late Tuesday afternoon, Ernest Smart was killed in a motorcycle accident on State Route 432.

The incident occurred around 4:26 p.m., near Kelso Drive just east of Interstate 5.

According to reports, Smart was driving a 3-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle when he left the roadway for reasons unknown. The motorcycle then traveled up an embankment and struck a guard rail before coming to rest on the shoulder.

Crews say 81-year-old Smart, of Olympia suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. In addition, he was wearing a helmet at the time.

Emergency personnel closed off the surrounding area for a brief time during cleanup and preliminary duties. Once available, further details will be provided.


We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ernest Smart. May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.


It is important to have strong legal representation on your side when losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident. Reach out to the wrongful death attorneys at Sweet James today. With 20 years of experience in the field, we know what it takes to help you win your case. Our team understands that nothing can alleviate the emotional pain of the death of a loved one, but we can help you seek justice and compensation. Call us at 1-800-900-0000 for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can reach us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week through email, text, and online chat.


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