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Victim of fatal motorcycle crash near Dolores is identified

Driver of truck faces careless driving charges
A motorcyclist died in a crash on Colorado Highway 145 northeast of Dolores Thursday.

A motorcyclist who died in a crash on Colorado Highway 145 Thursday morning has been identified by the Colorado State Patrol.

Vincent J. Mahoney, 68, of Omaha, Nebraska, was killed after colliding with a vehicle that allegedly crossed the center line at mile marker 27 near Stoner, according to a state patrol incident report.

Mahoney was northbound on a Harley Davidson about 10:30 a.m. when he was struck by the utility trailer of a southbound Ford 150 pickup driven by John F. Gebman, of Fruita.

A motorcyclist traveling behind Mahoney braked hard to avoid colliding with the truck and trailer, and crashed the bike onto its side. The rider suffered moderate, but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital.

Gebman, 83, faces charges of careless driving causing death, and careless driving causing injury, said Trooper Josh Lewis on Monday.

Dolores Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, along with Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office deputies, and the state patrol.

The fire department EMT crew administered emergency medical care, including CPR, to Mahoney, said Chief Mike Zion, but the man died from his injuries. A rescue helicopter had been called in for transport, but it was called off after he died.

Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets, according to the incident report.

The highway was closed for several hours because of the crash and subsequent investigation. Northbound traffic was backed up nearly a mile, Zion said.