RIP Rider. Details from the Hermiston Herald:
A 46-year-old Pendleton woman died in a crash involving two motorcycles and a pickup Monday afternoon in Baker County.
Leta Louise Currey, 46, was killed when her motorcycle was struck by a Nissan pickup driven by Derrick A. Coates, 24, of Baker City. Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation of the accident which also saw Joanne Mohrland, 53, of Walla Walla, Wash., critically injured and flown by Lifeflight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
According to the OSP, the crash occurred on Highway 7 about one mile west of the junction with Highway 245 in Baker County.
An OSP release said at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, two couples were traveling together as a group on four motorcycles northbound on Highway 7 near milepost 40. Coates' pickup passed the lead motorcycle and then crossed the centerline where it collided with the second and third motorcycles. The fourth motorcycle was not struck by the pickup.
Currey was operating the second motorcyle, a 2008 Harley Davidson. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was operating the first motorcycle that wasn't struck.
The third motorcycle, a 2004 Harley Davidson, was operated by Mohrland. She is reported to be in critical condition as of Monday morning. Her husband was operating the fourth motorcycle that wasn't struck by the pickup.
Coates received minor injuries not requiring transport to a hospital.
Both motorcyclists were wearing protective helmets.
OSP troopers from the Baker City Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of an OSP collision reconstructionist.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City Police Department, Baker City Ambulance and ODOT.