Cyclist air lifted to Reno after solo motorcycle accident

(Press Release)

Photos courtesy Bridgeport Fire Department

Photos courtesy Bridgeport Fire Department

On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at approximately 11:50 A.M., Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger came upon a solo motorcycle collision on State Route 182, approximately eight miles north of Bridgeport.  Sheriff Obenberger contacted the Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center who dispatched Mono County Sheriff’s personnel, Bridgeport Fire Department, Mono County Paramedics and notified the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Bishop Communications Center (BICC).

motorcycle2A CHP sergeant and lieutenant responded from the CHP Bridgeport office and a CHP officer responded from the Walker area.  The first arriving CHP employee, an Emergency Medical Technician, provided oxygen and emergency care to the victim while requesting a Care Flight helicopter from Reno be dispatched to the scene.  Personnel from the Bridgeport Fire Department arrived on the scene, continued care and prepared the victim for helicopter transportation.  Care Flight helicopter # 3 arrived on scene at 1:01 P.M.  SR-182 was closed for 15 minutes while the victim was placed in the helicopter. She was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno with major injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicated the rider, Susan Boos, 50 of Stateline, Nevada, was operating a black Harley Davidson Dyna Superglide traveling southbound on SR-182, among a large group of motorcyclists.  For unknown reasons, Ms. Boos failed to negotiate the curved roadway and traveled onto the soft right shoulder.  The Harley collided with a reflective roadway marker and the rider was ejected from the motorcycle.

Ms. Boos was wearing appropriate safety gear including a helmet, jacket and gloves.  Alcohol was not a factor in this collision.

“The rider of this motorcycle was fortunate to be wearing a helmet and appropriate motorcycle riding gear, which prevented further injuries.  This collision serves as a reminder to all of us of the rural nature of Mono County and the fact that travel or flight time to a trauma center takes hours, another reason to drive carefully, use seatbelt and motorcycle helmets” said R. D. Cohan, commander of the CHP’s Bridgeport Area.

 

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Jim D
Jim D
8 years ago

It was an un-marked SUV. We were EXTREMELY fortunate to have him drive by. While Teri had indeed activated her SPOT, that sends a one-way distress signal to 911 without description or ability to communicate. Then 911 places a call to the associated phone number to try and determine if… Read more »

Hmmm
Hmmm
8 years ago

I am wondering if the sheriff was driving his patrol vehicle (it is unmarked) on a Sunday and why he would be 8 miles past Bridgeport. Mr Ribaudo made the comment “Passing unmarked car” that sounds like a county slick top to me. Hmmm…

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Hmmm

Probably something to do with a Sheriff never being off duty and requiring comms with their department at all times. Not everything is a grand conspiracy.

Norm
Norm
8 years ago

Looks like a “press release” provided by the Sherriff’s office. No questioning reporter involved, either.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Norm

Provided by CHP. We have emailed them back to find out about the circumstances with the group of motorcyclists and calls or attempts to get help, but I see just now that riders who were there have told us what happened.
Benett Kessler

Teri L.
Teri L.
8 years ago

I was several places behind her and when I reached the scene, the other riders had already stopped and were attending to her. There was no cell signal in the canyon but I was able to activate my SPOT 911/Evac signal. A few of us then waited in the road… Read more »

Carl Ribaudo
Carl Ribaudo
8 years ago

I am the President of the Tahoe Blue Riders Motorcycle Riding Club and was on the ride with Susan. We were in a location without cell service about 8 miles outside of Bridgeport. Several of those on the ride had emergency devices to alert first responders one of which was… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Carl Ribaudo

Hope she’s alright. Not fun to end up in a hospital for any reason.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Carl Ribaudo

Pretty much what I figured but the original article left out the details. Thanks. Stuff like that always seems to happen where there is a big dead spot in cell phone coverage.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

There is no mention of her riding group trying to contact emergency services or if there was no cell phone coverage at that site. Just curious because you would think if she was riding in a group her riding friends would have been trying to help her, but no mention… Read more »