Motorcyclist severely injured in crash with car making U-turn

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SEATTLE - A motorcyclist is clinging to life after he collided with a car that was making a U-turn in Seattle's Rainier View neighborhood, police said.

The incident unfolded at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday as the 80-year-old male driver of a BMW SUV was heading east on South Bangor Street. At the intersection with 56th Avenue South, the driver made a U-turn to head west on Bangor Street, said Detective Mark Jamieson of the Seattle police.

At the same time, a a 26-year-old man heading east on his motorcycle collided with the BMW. The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.

Police and medics quickly responded to the scene. The motorcyclist was rushed to Harborview Medical Center.

A drug recognition expert evaluated the 80-year-old BMW driver and found that he exhibited signs of impairment, Jamieson said. The driver was placed under arrest and a legal blood draw was performed. The driver was then released pending the outcome of the blood draw.

The crash remains under active investigation.