Sunday, July 27, an accident involving two passenger vehicles and two motorcycles on U.S. Highway 89 south of Jackson claimed the life of 52-year-old Joseph Bale of Whittier, California.
According to information provided by Wyoming Highway Patrol, Bale was traveling north on a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the time of the accident. He came up behind a 2007 Audi A4 that “was stopped in traffic waiting for another vehicle to turn left.”
The Audi was driven by 31-year-old David Johnson of Blackfoot, Idaho.
“Bale failed to notice that the Audi was stopped and swerved left to avoid the Audi,” said Sergeant David Wagener of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. “Bale’s motorcycle made contact with the rear-end of the Audi causing [him] to separate from the motorcycle. Bale landed in the roadway and sustained fatal injuries.”
According to Highway Patrol, a second motorcycle, driven by 36-year-old Romulo Magahaes of Fortaleza, Brazil, was northbound traveling behind Bale on another 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Magahaes also “swerved left to avoid the stopped Audi and Bale’s motorcycle.”
“After swerving into the southbound lane, Magahaes collided head-on with a southbound 2013 Kia Optima driven by 66-year-old Linda Farrag of Cohasset, Massachusetts,” said Wagener. “The collision with Magahaes’ motorcycle and the Kia Optima also forced Magahaes’ motorcycle into the stopped Audi.”
According to the Highway Patrol, Bale and Magahaes were “both wearing helmets at the time of the crash.”
Bale died at the scene. Magahaes, Linda Farrag and Linda Farrag’s passenger, Jane Long, were transported for medical care.
The accident caused the highway to be temporary closed.