Wild Turkey Kills Motorcyclist in “Freak Accident” Involving Big Rig
Moro, Oregon – An unlikely accident took the life of an Oregon motorcyclist on Sunday after a wild turkey flew into the path of a semi-truck before striking and killing her.
Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash just after 11:30 a.m. on July 21 near mile marker 15 on Hwy 97 in Moro.
In what is being called a “freak accident,” OSP said 55-year-old Vanesa Gunther from Junction City was traveling south on Highway 97 on a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle.
At the same time, a wild turkey flew into the path of a northbound big rig.
The turkey careened off the semi-truck and collided with Gunther, which sent her traveling across the northbound lane and into a guardrail.
Gunther was pronounced dead at the scene.
The northbound lane of Hwy 97 was closed for several hours following the crash.
It is unclear if the truck or trucker sustained any injuries.
According to her Facebook page, Gunther had attended Pendleton Bike Week, which took place July 17-21 in Pendleton, approximately two hours East from the site of the accident.