Alcohol believed involved in Burien car-motorcycle death

A motorcyclist killed after a car-motorcycle collision in Burien that deputies say involved alcohol has been identified as Lee Cornett, 40, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The collision occurred just after 9 p.m. in the 400 block of Southwest 156th Street, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The motorcyclist, a 40-year-old Tukwila resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The rider of a another motorcycle, who was traveling behind the first, suffered minor injuries while trying to avoid the collision.

The driver of the car also suffered minor injuries and was taken to Highline Hospital, police said. Because investigators believe he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, he has been booked into jail on investigation of vehicular homicide, the sheriff’s office says.

Detectives from the sheriff’s Major Accident Response and Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and will be conducting the investigation.

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