Motorcyclist killed in wreck was Casper woman on group ride

A woman who died after crashing her motorcycle Saturday on Douglas Pass has been identified as 60-year-old Maureen “Mimi” Tanner of Casper, Wyo., according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Tanner was riding her 2005 Harley- Davidson motorcycle with 10 other women riders north on Colorado Highway 139 when she failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The motorcycle hit a guardrail along the right side of the highway and Tanner was thrown about 150 feet down an embankment, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Tanner and her friends had spent the day shopping in Grand Junction and were heading to Rangely for a barbecue when the accident occurred around 4 p.m., said Sgt. Scott Simons of the State Patrol.

The women were riding in two groups, and Tanner was riding toward the rear of the first group, so friends did not know she had crashed until seeing her wrecked motorcycle along the guardrail, Simons said.

Excessive speed was not considered a factor. It appeared Tanner did not take the curve tightly enough, Simons said.


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