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5 Treasure Valley motorcyclists in crash; 26-year-old Boisean dies, 4 hospitalized

In a photo posted to Facebook, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office warned travelers of Sunday closures on Idaho 75.
In a photo posted to Facebook, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office warned travelers of Sunday closures on Idaho 75.

Five Treasure Valley residents on three motorcycles were involved in a crash on Idaho Highway 75 at Galena Summit in Blaine County Sunday afternoon, according to Idaho State Police.

The multiple vehicle collision happened after one of the motorcycles crossed the center line, Idaho State Police said.

Kimberly R. Hayes, a 26-year-old Boise woman, died at the scene.

The four others hospitalized were: Michael A. Jones, 57, of Nampa; Dana A. Simmons, 54, of Meridian; Jason Clark, 46, of Meridian; and Julie S. K. Clark, 45, of Meridian.

The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. The highway was completely blocked for two hours and was limited for several hours after it was reopened. ISP reported that the bikers were traveling together as part of Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Police say Hayes was driving north on Highway 75 on a 2009 Honda Shadow when she traveled over the center line in a curve.

A pickup pulling a trailer was in the oncoming lane, and Hayes sideswiped the trailer. Jones and Simmons, who were riding north on a 2014 Harley Davidson, then collided with Hayes.

Jason and Julie Clark, who were on a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle headed north, crashed trying to avoid the other two motorcycles.

The Clarks and Simmons were taken by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Jones was taken by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum and then was later transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Simmons and Jones have been treated and released from the hospital, a Saint Al’s spokesman said. Julie and Jason Clark are both listed in fair condition.

Neither of the people in the pickup were hospitalized. They were identified as Jevon L. Benson, 41, and Chantelle L. Benson, 35, both of Twin Falls.

Police said Hayes, Jones and the Clarks were wearing helmets; Simmons was not. Jevon and Chantelle Benson were wearing seatbelts.

Idaho State Police is investigating. ISP received assistance from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Department of Transportation and the Ketchum Fire Department.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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