Aug 31, 2015

Cody motorcyclist dies in Saturday morning crash outside Powell

A Cody man was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle collided with a Suburban at an intersection just west of Powell, the Park County Sheriff's Office says.

In a Monday morning news release, the sheriff's office identified the motorcyclist as Edward Eugene Miller, 76, of Cody.

The 2000 Honda motorcycle was headed west on Lane 9 when — at the lane's intersection with Road 11 — a northbound Suburban driven by Morgan W. Christensen, 27, of Billings, pulled out in front of Miller's bike, the sheriff's office said.

Miller collided with the Suburban's front passenger side at a speed of 45 to 50 miles an hour and was thrown off the bike, the sheriff's office said.

A Powell Valley Healthcare EMS crew responded to the scene, and Miller — who was not wearing a helmet — was pronounced dead at Powell Valley Hospital, the sheriff's office said.

The crash was reported at 11:13 a.m.

According to the sheriff's office, Christensen initially stopped for the stop sign at Road 11's junction with Lane 9. However, Christensen did not see the oncoming motorcycle at first and drove forward, the release said. At the last minute, Christensen spotted the approaching bike, applied the brakes and stopped partway into the intersection, where the collision occurred, the sheriff's office said.

No citations have been issued, though the sheriff's office said the crash remains under investigation.

In addition to the EMS crew, sheriff's deputies and Powell Volunteer Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.

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