Dayton man dies in motorcycle accident in the Bighorns

DAYTON — A Dayton man was killed Sunday in a motorcycle accident near mile marker 77 on Highway 14. The Sheridan County Coroner’s Office has identified the man as 49-year-old David Plymell.

Capt. Carl Clements of the Wyoming Highway Patrol said Plymell took a wide corner traveling westbound up the mountain. His motorcycle crossed the center line and was struck by a vehicle headed eastbound.

WHP Trooper Kevin Legerski investigated the crash and said the eastbound vehicle was a Ford F250 truck. No one in the truck was injured.

“The driver (of the eastbound vehicle) stated they could tell the motorcycle was making a very sharp left curve and they could tell he wouldn’t be able to maintain his lane,” Legerski said. “The bike went across the double center line, tipped onto its left side, at which point the motorcyclist became separated from the bike.”

Legerski said there’s nothing the pickup truck driver could have possibly done to avoid hitting both the motorcycle and its rider. Legerski said Plymell was killed instantly.

He also said Plymell’s son was riding his own motorcycle just behind his father when the accident occurred, but was not involved in the crash.

Clements said Plymell was an inexperienced motorcyclist, which may have contribued to the accident.

Legerski said alcohol was not involved, the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, and everyone in the pickup truck was buckled up.

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