CASPER, Wyo. — A Powell resident died and a passenger was injured Sunday after a motorcycle collided with a cow in Park County, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Troopers were dispatched around 12:20 a.m. to the reported motorcycle crash at milepost 17 on WYO 294 north of Powell. The preliminary crash report states that the Harley-Davidson was headed southbound when it collided with a cow in the roadway. The Harley exited the right side of the road before the driver corrected to the left, the WHP said. The motorcycle reentered and exited the highway a second time before stopping at the bottom of an embankment.
The 45-year-old driver, Russell V. Hiatt, succumbed to his injuries at the scene, the WHP said. The passenger, Debra M. Martin, was transported by medical helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana, for injuries sustained in the crash. Alcohol use is being investigated as a possible contributing factor, the WHP said.
The crash location is designated as an open range area for livestock.