Motorcycle crash near Gunlock leaves 1 man dead

IVINS — One man died Saturday evening after he was ejected from his motorcycle near mile marker 6 on Old Highway 91.

Shortly after 5 p.m. a man from Nevada in his 70s was traveling southwest on a 2008 Harley Davidson on Old Highway 91 with a group of other motorcycle riders. As he began to veer left around a curve the motorcycle slid and the man was thrown from his vehicle, said Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Crouse who was the first responder on scene.

“It didn’t appear to have been caused from alcohol or any other contributing factor,” Crouse said.

The man suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, Crouse said. He was wearing a helmet and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Family members have been notified, but the man’s name has not yet been released.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Mary July 27, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Arnold Schwarzenegger cracked ribs and was hospitalized for days when he was only 54 after a motorcycle accident .
    After that , I figured if the “terminator” could get that damaged ,
    I should stay off the 2 wheeled things .
    Those of us over 50 do NOT bounce like we did at 20 .

    RIP sir .

  • AV July 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I’m over 50 yrs old and recently shopping for a motorcycle…I’m having second thoughts now. My condolences to the family.

  • ken August 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Anytime someone loses their life in a vehicle accident it is a tragedy, but we need to try and take something positive away from it. In this case, the article states he was wearing a helmet. I believe it would be of benefit if we knew what type of helmet he was wearing to have allowed massive head injuries. Helmets can go a long ways towards preventing head and brain injuries. They also have their limits. No helmet on earth is going to save a motorcyclist who rides headlong into an 80,000 lb. semi coming at him at 60+ mph. Years ago,the majority of motorcycle accidents were in collisions with other vehicles, T-bones, left turners,etc. Today the overwhelming majority of motorcycle accidents are single rider incidents where riders go beyond their riding skills or get careless, which seems to be the case here. here. If this were a low side where the bike simply went out from under the rider I don’t see how he could have sustained multiple head injuries if wearing a DOT approved helmet. Even if the accident were a high side, and he was thrown from the bike a substantial distance, I envision the worst case scenario could have been a broken neck, but still not massive head injuries in a DOT helmet. I don’t know what type of helmet this poor fellow was wearing but I never cease to be dumbfounded by the number of riders I see, who wear silly thin shells that offer nothing in the way of protection. I hope this person was wearing a quality helmet, which would show that he gave some serius thought to his safety. I am 65 years old and have been riding motorcycles for many years. I never get on my bike without a full face helmet, nor do I ride without good footwear and good gloves, even riding around town here in St. George. Out on the open road I add full armor (CE level III) in elbows, shoulders back, hips and knees. I cringe when I see young girls on the back of sports bikes wearing nothing but cutoffs and halter top. I love riding motorcycles, but I also value my life, so for me its ATTGAT All the Gear, All the Time.

  • MC August 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Good for you mr. Ken. But I am sure my father valued his life as well and he was in full gear when he rides his bike. It was a leisure bike run with his group and they testified that he was driving at a normal speed limit having about10 seconds apart from each other bikers.
    Seeing my father drove for as long as I can remember proves to me that he was a responsible driver whether he’s driving a car or a motorcycle. It doesn’t help the family who are grieving to read unsolicited advices and speculations from people that lives their life or drives their bikes perfectly. But us, his family believes that it was time for him to go home to our Creator and it was His perfect will. I know this is your observation but know what can help and can’t.
    My father never wasted a day to make us feel his love and he was a father that sacrificed his wants and needs to prioritize his family and the least we can do is allow him to do what he’s been wanting to do all his life.
    Be considerate next time.

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