Jul 2, 2015

Cody man injured in Wednesday motorcycle crash

A Cody motorcyclist was injured Wednesday evening after swerving to miss a vehicle that had turned in front of him.

William O. Kuhnle, 65, was taken to West Park Hospital with an apparent head injury after the 6:30 p.m. crash, the Park County Sheriff's Office said in a Thursday news release. It took place at the intersection of Beacon Hill Road (Road 3CX) and Road 2DAW, just east of Yellowstone Regional Airport.

The driver of a 2009 Ford pickup, 71-year-old Susan T. Ahalt of Cody, told responding Park County Sheriff's deputies that she'd been driving south on Beacon Hill Road.

Ahalt began making a left-hand turn (to the east) onto Road 2DAW, but then saw Kuhnle approaching in the opposite, northbound lane, said the news release. Ahalt tried to abort the turn and straighten out her truck, but by that time, Kunhle had already swerved to miss her and fallen from his motorcycle, the release said.

When sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, Kuhnle was lying in the middle of Beacon Hill Road with his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle nearby on its side. Kuhnle was bleeding from the right side of his head and had no memory of what had just happened, the release said.

The sheriff's office did not know Kuhnle's condition on Thursday.

Ahalt, who was not injured, received a citation for failure to yield the right of way on a left turn at an intersection.

The sheriff's office said it's continuing to investigate the crash.

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