(Cody, Wyo.) Tino Cachey, 53, Ute Cachey, 52, and Erik Brecht, 37, have been identified as the fatalities from the crash on Highway 14/16/20
yesterday afternoon. They are
German national residents. All three sustained fatal injuries on scene.
The crash involved a group of six motorcycles, all 2015 Harley-Davidsons,
with nine total riders, traveling west on US 14/16/20. The pickup, a 2003
Chevrolet C/K 1500, driven by 61 year old Ontario, Oregon resident Manuel
Defuentes, was traveling east on US 14/16/20.
The vehicles met in a gradual curve in the highway. The truck driven by
Defuentes crossed the centerline of the road and entered the westbound lane
of travel. After crossing the centerline, the pickup struck five of the
sixbikes, with seven total riders struck.
The majority of the riders involved in the crash were wearing helmets.
Whether all the riders involved were wearing helmets is still being
determined. The four non-fatal riders involved in the crash were all
transported to West Park Hospital in Cody. Three of the four non-fatal
riders were then airlifted to Billings, Montana. The fourth, 44 year
Mueller of Buch Gannertshofen, Germany, was treated at West Park Hospital
The three that were airlifted to Billings have been identified as 47 year
old Frank Brecht of Buch Gannertshofen, Germany; 65 year old Dieter Brecht
of Ludwigshafen, Germany; and 67 year old Renate Geiger, also from of
Manuel Moreno Defuentes, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported to
West Park Hospital where he was treated and released. Defuentes has been
arrested and charged with one count of negligent vehicular homicide.
Additional charges are pending.
The investigation is still ongoing.