Motorcylist, 73, airlifted after crashing near Newhalem


MARBLEMOUNT - A 73-year-old motorcyclist needed to be airlifted to a Seattle hospital after crashing Monday afternoon, Aug. 19, on the North Cascades Highway east of Newhalem.

Jack Wilson, of Spokane, took a bend in the road too fast on his silver 2007 Suzuki C50 at mile post 127, near Diablo, according to the Washington State Patrol. The westbound bike skidded to a stop and landed on top of him at 1:53 p.m., leaving him with nerve damage to his hand, said Trooper Mark Francis.

A helicopter airlifted Wilson to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Charges against Wilson were pending. Troopers don't suspect drugs or alcohol. Wilson had a helmet on.

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