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Motorcycle Passenger Killed in Lake County Crash

The passenger was killed and the driver severely injured when they hit a car on Highway 395 near Lakeview.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 2:44 PM
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 2:47 PM

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — A crash between a motorcycle and another vehicle left one dead, one severely injured and another person with minor injuries along Highway 395 near Lakeview on Sunday, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).

Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the incident just before 4 p.m., finding the crash near milepost 141 on Hwy 395. 

Investigators believe that 26-year-old Jacob Alexander Lepeilbet of Caldwell, Idaho and 35-year-old Hailey Michelle Ernest of Boise, Idaho were riding a blue 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Hwy 395.

For an undetermined reason, Lepeilbet (the motorcycle operator) did not stop for a 1995 Ford Taurus stopped in the northbound lane, signaling to turn left. Lepeilbet's motorcycle hit the rear of the Taurus at full "highway speed."

Ernest (the motorcycle passenger) sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Lepeilbet suffered significant injuries and was transported to the Lake District Hospital and later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.

The driver of the Taurus, 59-year-old Ronald Allen Foltz from Lakeview, Oregon, sustained minor injuries.

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