Port Angeles motocross competitor dies following accident at race

Michael “Mikie” Procunier was being treated for a broken arm before going into cardiac arrest, officials said.

PORT ANGELES — A local motocross racer has died after being injured in a race Sunday afternoon east of Port Angeles.

Port Angeles resident Michael “Mikie” Procunier died after coming up short on a jump during a race at the Olympic Peninsula Motorcycle Club track at 1306 Deer Park Road, club President Josh Millar said Monday morning.

Procunier’s age wasn’t immediately available Monday, but officials said he was in his late 20s.

Procunier, a logger, was treated following the mishap at about 2 p.m. Sunday by Clallam Fire District No. 2 personnel before being transported to Olympic Medical Center, Fire Chief Sam Phillips said.

Phillips said Procunier, a Sequim High School graduate, was unconscious and was being treated for a broken arm before going into cardiac arrest.

Olympic Ambulance transported Procunier to OMC, Phillips said.

Olympic Medical Center spokesman Jeff Anderson confirmed this morning that Procunier was deceased.

Procunier was riding a 450cc Yamaha dirt bike and had recently turned professional class when the accident occurred.

Procunier was among about 120 racers participating in the Washington state series of the Washington State Motocross Championships before about 50 spectators.

The rest of the Sunday motocross series events were canceled, Millar said.

Millar said the motorcycle club will hold a memorial ceremony at the track, although a date has not been set.

Family members could not be reached for comment Monday morning.

Procunier was a club board member whose father was a motocross rider, Millar said.


Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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