Sturgis bound motorcyclist crashed; Rider evacuated by Air Ambulance
(Laramie, Wyo.) – On Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at approximately 11:55 a.m., 59 year old Ron Cumley of Albuquerque, New Mexico was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on WY 34 in Sybille Canyon. Mr. Cumley was headed with friends to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. For unknown reasons, Mr. Cumley failed to negotiate a left sweeping curve in the roadway as he drove off the right side of the highway. Mr. Cumley was unable to control the motorcycle once it left the road. Mr. Cumley was estimated to be traveling 55 mph when the crash occurred.
The Albany County Sheriff’s Department and Wheatland Fire Department responded to the crash with the Wyoming highway Patrol and requested a helicopter from Greeley Air Flight. The highway was shut down temporarily so the helicopter could land near the crash scene. Mr. Cumley was flown to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming with upper extremity and chest injuries. He remains in intensive care at this time.
Wyoming highways like Sybille Canyon are inviting to motorcycle enthusiasts because of their winding curves and the beautiful scenery. Motorcyclists are reminded to use extra caution when negotiating these routes as wildlife is common in these areas with short sight distances and tight curves that are not conducive to high speeds. Other motorists are reminded to be extra alert for increased motorcycle activity in the summer months, especially now during the Sturgis, South Dakota motorcycle rally.
–Story and photo submitted by Wyoming State Trooper Rick Colling stationed in Laramie