An Olympia motorcyclist who rode on top of a car’s trunk after a freeway crash in Tumwater has shared helmet camera footage that shows a first-person view of his brush with death.
The crash occurred about 2:45 p.m. Jan. 16 on Interstate 5. Seth Dieckman, 35, had just merged onto the freeway at Trosper Road aboard his Suzuki Katana 600. The video shows an Acura zooming up from behind and passing by dangerously close.
Dieckman gave the Acura driver the middle finger and attempted to catch up. The car suddenly slammed on its brakes. The impact sent Dieckman flying off the motorcycle and onto the car’s trunk.
The Acura then took off down the freeway for about a quarter of a mile. The driver didn’t stop until he heard Dieckman pounding on the window, according to an accident report, which noted that both drivers had been traveling at a high speed.
“I grabbed ahold of that spoiler and held on for dear life,” Dieckman said. “The adrenaline was pumping so hard.”
The driver of the Acura, Auburn resident Jason A. Thomas, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI and for driving with a suspended license.
Here is the Helmet Cam