Dated September 19, 2011
Route 66 is a popular path for riding Harley Davidson’s. Motorcyclists are drawn to the road for its history, the great stops along the way & the simple rush of the open road. For Donna Osborn, however, the leisurely ride down this famed highway with her husband ended in tragedy.
The crash occurred Saturday morning. Police responded to the scene at milepost 20 at approximately 11:15 to find two mangled Harley Davidson’s and three severely injured riders. Don La Vetter, age 62 of Tucson, was transported to Valley View Medical Center while Donna and Steve Osborn (the victim’s husband), ages 60 & 58 of Golden Valley, were flown to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas. La Vetter was later released and Steve Osborn is listed in “fair condition” but Donna did not survive her injuries and passed away last evening.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office stated that La Vetter and his 2011 Harley were traveling northbound on a bend when he crossed into the southbound lane crashing into the Steve Osborn’s 2007 Harley while Donna rode as a passenger behind her husband. La Vetter was cited but the exact citation has not yet been released and it is unclear if more charges will follow now that Mrs. Osborn has passed away. The accident is still under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
Passengers of motorcycles are far more likely to sustain severe injury or fatal injuries than their automobile-riding counterparts. Wearing helmets is a great way to help prevent head injury but a helmet will not protect you from crushing injuries or the injuries one incurs while being thrown from a motorcycle so the best way to try to prevent injury is to drive cautiously, follow the laws and hope that the other riders on the road are doing the same. Sadly, in the case of the Osborn’s it seems there was nothing they could have done to prevent their tragic fate. Our greatest sympathies go out to the family of Donna Osborn and all victims of motorcycle accidents.
As this week has now begun with a tragedy we ask you to do your best to prevent another…wear your helmets and please, ride safely.