California motorcyclist killed in four vehicle crash south of Jackson

(Jackson, Wyo.) – Two motorcycles and two passenger vehicles were involved in a crash on July 27th at 12:51 pm. The crash occurred at mile post 146.10 on US 89 six miles south of Jackson, Wyoming. 52 year old Joseph Bale of Whittier, California was traveling north on a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Mr. Bale 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. Mr. Bale failed to notice that the Audi was stopped and swerved left to avoid the Audi. Mr. Bale’s motorcycle made contact with the rear-end of the Audi causing Mr. Bale to separate from the motorcycle. Mr. Bale landed in the roadway and sustained fatal injuries.

A second motorcycle driven by 36 year old Romulo Magahaes of Fortaleza, Brazil was northbound traveling behind Mr. Bale on another 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Mr. Magahaes also swerved left to avoid the stopped Audi and Mr. Bale’s motorcycle. After swerving in to the southbound lane, Mr. Magahaes collided head-on with a southbound 2013 Kia Optima driven by 66 year old Linda Farrag of Cohasset, Massachusetts. The collision with Mr. Magahaes’ motorcycle and the Kia Optima also forced Mr. Magahaes’ motorcycle in to the stopped Audi.

Mr. Bale and Mr. Magahaes were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Mr. Bale was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. Mr. Magahaes, Linda Farrag and Linda Farrag’s passenger Jane Long were all transported to St John’s Medical Center by ground ambulance. The crash caused the highway to be temporary closed. Driver inattention and following too close are currently being investigated as the contributing factors in the crash.

This crash marks the 79th fatality on Wyoming roads for 2014.

–Provided by Wyoming Highway Patrol


  1. Sharry Burkey

    Sad there's been 2 many deaths on this yr jst in Wyoming on the roads alone people who are on bikes and the other driver s please note where you are looking 2 much heartbreak for many people!

  2. Michael Smith

    Fatalities from following too close is becoming an epidemic on Wyoming's highways time to start writing the commander of the Wyoming Highway Patrol and asking him politely to urge the Troopers to start taking a zero tolerance for tailgaters and having them issues tickets with the maximum fine or bond allowable by law. This week alone I have seen tow dead both from tailgaters. Coming into Laramie last Thursday had a Navajo 18 wheeler less than 10 feet off my bumper at 78 mph.

  3. Randy Ray

    Ironic how everyone involved where from out of state.

  4. Julia Scott Gibson

    When people do that to me I tap my brake repeatedly and they always back off.

  5. Michael Hale

    Joe was a good man and a personal friend of mine. He had a big heart and was one of the nicest and funniest people you could imagine. May you rest in peace brother.

  6. Michael Smith

    Most of the 18 wheelers that do that are too close to see you tail lights

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