Motorcycle Crash Kills One Near Montana Border
A single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on August 17th has resulted in the death of 50 year old Matthew S. Wickel. Mr. Wickel's listed address is in Thayne, Wyoming. The crash happened at 2:50 p.m. on US Highway 212 approximately five miles south of the Montana border.
Wickel was riding a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on US 212 with rain and snowfall weather conditions present. Wickel lost control, crossed the centerline and left the highway to the south down a small hill. Wickel and his passenger, 58 year old Dawn Patterson of Grand Blanc, Michigan, were both thrown from the bike during the crash.
Wickel died at the scene. Patterson was taken to Billings, Montana and has been hospitalized. Neither Wickel or Patterson were wearing helmets.
Speed and weather conditions are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash that marked the 92nd highway fatal in Wyoming for 2015. There were 97 highway fatalities on August 19th in 2014.