Port Orchard motorcyclist strikes school bus, dies in crash

None of the children on the bus from South Colby were injured

PORT ORCHARD — A South Kitsap School District bus heading east on Sedgwick Road near Cottonwood Drive Friday afternoon collided with a motorcycle, killing the Port Orchard cyclist.

Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Chelsea Hodgson said 45-year-old Jason Pinard was killed as his Honda motorcycle, traveling west on Sedgwick at high speed, struck the bus, which was turning left onto Cottonwood Drive, behind its right rear tire. Hodgson said the cyclist was knocked off the Honda by the force of the collision, with the motorcycle sliding into the ditch.

Pinard was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, Hodgson said.

The school bus, Route 15 from South Colby Elementary, was carrying students home from school at the time of the 4 p.m. accident. None of the students was reported injured. The children were picked up by another bus and returned to the school.

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