Chief John Batiste of the Washington State Patrol announced that Trooper Sean O’Connell, 38, was struck and killed in a vehicle crash about 5:30 p.m. Friday evening. The crash occurred on Fir Island Road near Greenfield Road in Conway, just south of Mt. Vernon.
Preliminary details indicate that Trooper O’Connell was working a traffic detail on Fir Island Road. There has been an increase of vehicle traffic on the road due to the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on May 23.
Trooper O’Connell was riding his patrol motorcycle and checking the traffic backlog on Fir Island Road. While he was returning to his traffic control point, he was struck by a white box truck. The force of the collision threw him from his motorcycle. He landed in the middle of the roadway. O’Connell sustained life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital where he later died.
The driver of the box truck, a 49 year old Mt. Vernon man, is cooperating with authorities in the investigation. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as contributing factors in the crash. The incident remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol Crash Reconstruction Unit.
Sean O’Connell was a 16-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol. He is survived by his wife, a 7-year-old son, and a 5-year-old daughter.
Trooper Sean O’Connell – gone but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, May 31, 2013
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