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Oregon man dies, Orofino man seriously injured in motorcycle vs vehicle accident

On July 30, 2019, at 3:18 p.m., the Idaho State Police responded to a report of a vehicle versus motorcycle fatality crash on U.S. Highway 12 milepost 64, near Kamiah.

A 2001 Acura CL passenger car driven by Wayne Hodges, 22, Orofino, was traveling eastbound when he crossed left of center, almost striking a first motorcyclist, then struck another motorcycle head on. The motorcycle that was struck was a 2011 Harley Davidson tricycle type motorcycle, driven by Joe Armstrong, 76, Dufur, OR. Subsequently, a 2011 Dodge 3500 pickup pulling a utility trailer driven by Thomas Wishard, 52, Longview, WA, crashed into stationary farm equipment off the side of the road to avoid the initial collision, ISP said in a news release.

Hodges was transported by ground ambulance to Clearwater Valley Hospital, then transported by air ambulance to Kootenai Health. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Armstrong was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. Wishard was not injured, and was wearing a seatbelt, according to ISP.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. Next of kin for Armstrong have been notified. The investigation continues, ISP said.

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