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Motorcycle crash victim remembered as an athlete

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Cole Korpi, 27, of South Lake Tahoe was identified as the victim of Sunday’s fatal motorcycle accident.

He was on Pioneer Trail when his 2002 Honda 600F struck the back of a Toyota 4Runner, the California Highway Patrol said. Korpi reportedly was traveling west at speeds over 100 mph when he passed five cars. He re-entered the right lane but was still traveling too fast, according to the police. The motorcycle struck the back of the 4Runner and the momentum flung Korpi’s body 130 feet before it landed on the eastbound shoulder,officers said.

Korpi was pronounced dead at 7:01 p.m. by medics.

The owner of the 4Runner, Kevin Cooper, was a friend of Korpi. The two would travel to Kirkwood Ski Resort together to snowboard.

“Cole was very nice,” said Cooper, co-owner of Cutting Edge Sports. “He was an athlete. He was definitely a charger. If he was involved in a sport, he went bigger, farther and faster than most others. He was a great guy. It was a tragedy what happened.”

Kathy Padeiro, from the Bay Area, met Korpi in 1993 when several friends went off-roading in his “big old truck.”

“(One time) he decided to put his finger in my pet rat’s cage and tease it and the rat bit a piece of his finger and he was like, ‘Don’t you feed that thing?’ I thought it was the funniest thing. He was so mad and I told him, ‘Well, you were the silly one who put your finger in there.'”

Padeiro said Korpi enjoyed the speed of motorcycles, riding dirt bikes and snowboarding.

The CHP is still investigating the accident.

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