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Riverton man flown to Salt Lake City after motorcycle hit truck

Mar 25, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

James Reid's bike wrecked when he tried to pass on the right side of a motorist in front of him.

A Riverton man was airlifted to Salt Lake City for treatment Thursday after striking two vehicles while driving his motorcycle just northeast of Hudson.

No one else was injured in the accident, which took place at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday in the 9000 block of Wyoming Highway 789, near where the speed limit changes to 65 miles per hour on the east side of Hudson.

Officials said James Reid, 70, of Riverton, was northbound on a 1976 Honda motorcycle when he attempted to pass a 2007 Toyota pickup truck driven by David Weaver, 26, of Rock Springs.

"He went to pass on the inside of the curve," Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Adams said Tuesday. "It was a single lane where he tried to pass (on) the right."

The motorcycle struck the right rear corner of the pickup bed. Adams said Reid lost control of the motorcycle, which fell onto its side and slid across the highway into the southbound lane where it collided with a 2007 Peterbilt semi truck driven by Christopher Dunlavy, 26, of North Dakota.

"He had seen the motorcycle and rider sliding across the pavement, so he stopped," Adams said. "The motorcycle struck the Peterbilt and became wedged underneath."

Reid had separated from the motorcycle and did not strike the truck, Adams continued. Instead, he reportedly was thrown clear of the road to the north. Reid was transported by ambulance to Lander Regional Hospital then air lifted to Salt Lake City.

"Citations will depend on his condition," Adams said.

No one else was injured in the crash, which involved six passengers in the Peterbilt truck.

"It was designed for that," Adams said. "It had a sleeper berth with seats in it instead, so there were two seats in front, two behind and a bench across the back."

The Peterbilt's bumper was damaged, and an air line was torn out in the accident, he added, while the pickup truck sustained minor damage. Reid's motorcycle "wasn't in good shape," according to Adams, who said the bike likely was destroyed in the crash.

The southbound lane of the highway was closed for about an hour while the motorcycle was removed from under the front bumper, Adams said. He wasn't sure how fast Reid was traveling at the time of the crash, which still is under investigation.

"I don't know if we'll ever know," he said.

One-vehicle rollover

The WHP also is investigating a one-vehicle rollover in which no one was injured at about 8:15 a.m. Monday on Wyoming Highway 789 north of Riverton. Adams said Miguel Jiminez-Astorga, 27, of Riverton, was driving north when he lost control of his 2005 Ford F150 at milepost 115 just north of Wilson Road.

"The driver was driving at a speed too fast for conditions," Adams said. "He went off the roadway into a broadside slide, (and the truck) flipped onto its left side."

The roadway was "very icy there" on Monday morning, Adams said, adding that the truck sustained damage on the left side. The driver and his passenger, a 17-year-old Riverton boy, both were uninjured. They both had been wearing seat belts according to reports. Jiminez-Astorga was cited for no driver's license and no proof of insurance.

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