James Michael Cody, 52, was motorcycling with two other bikers through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming between Madison Junction and the Gibbon Falls overlook. According to the Yellowstone public affairs office, a sports utility vehicle drifted across the center lane towards the bikers. Cody, leading the group, had no time to react. He hit the SUV head-on. Authorities later pronounced the Wyoming native dead at the scene.
The other two bikers managed to avoid hitting the SUV. Paramedics treated them for minor injuries.
Officials are still investigating the motorcycle crash, but park officials indicated that the SUV driver might have been asleep when he or she crossed the centerline.
Riding through Wyoming is a beautiful and rewarding experience, especially in the Yellowstane region. Unfortunately, bikers face many dangers there, including sharp turns, foreign terrain, beautiful (and distracting) vistas and equally distracted drivers.
According to Cody’s obituary, he was riding through Yellowstone with his son, and he was known for his care-free personality and his love of the outdoors.
Those qualities fit many riders who want to experience nature and life to the fullest. If you know a biker who died doing what he or she loved, give us a call at (866) 377-3800 to set up a free consultation. As a biker himself, Tom Metier understands the biker community, and he knows how to help you in your unique situation. Our website has more information about motorcycle accidents.
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