POST FALLS, Idaho -- A 65-year-old Post Falls man died of injuries he sustained during a three-motorcycle accident Saturday morning near Rock Lake in northwest Whitman County.
The Whitman County Sheriff's Office received a report at 11:35 a.m. Saturday that three motorcycles had crashed on Rock Lake Road near its intersection with Dewey Road several miles south of the Spokane County line.
Ambulance crews from St. John, Rosalia and Cheney, in addition to a MedStar helicopter, were dispatched to the scene.
Whitman County deputies arrived and determined that about 30 motorcycle riders from the Spokane-based Combat Vet Riders club had been participating in their final ride of the year at the time of the accident.
According to the sheriff's office, 64-year-old Harold Teufert of Newman Lake, Wash., was negotiating a turn on his motorcycle when it drifted onto the shoulder and fell down an embankment. The motorcycle rolled into a field and flipped over onto both Teufert and his passenger, 65-year-old Judy Teufert.
The Teuferts were transported to Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane with serious injuries.
Rick Downs, 65, of Post Falls, had been following the Teuferts on his motorcycle, which drove onto the gravel shoulder. He lost control of his motorcycle, crashed and was transported via MedStar helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he later died of his injuries.
A third motorcycle, driven by 29-year-old Travis Lee of Spokane, was behind Downs and also lost control and crashed after entering the gravel shoulder. Lee was transported to Deaconess with a shoulder injury.
The accident is still under investigation, but the sheriff's office says alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
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