Motorcyclist who died after crashing into falling tree felled by Boy Scouts identified

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah – The Utah Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash in Garfield County Saturday involving a single motorcycle that crashed into a falling tree felled by Boy Scouts who were in the area cutting firewood.

According to information from the Utah Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred on State Route 12 around 12:40 p.m.

The press release states the man, “was traveling north on state Route 12 in Garfield County when he crashed into a falling aspen tree. The tree had been felled by a group of Boy Scouts with a permit for cutting down trees for firewood. It appears to investigators that this was a case of unfortunate timing.”

The man was wearing a helmet. A passerby called 911, and a doctor who was with the Boy Scout group pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Officials did not provide further details relating to the accident or the sequence of events leading up to the crash.

The man was identified as Edgar E. Rickie, 69, of Durango, Colorado.

The crash occurred in an area officials said was about halfway between Boulder, which is in Garfield County, and Torrey,  which is in Wayne County. 

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.



  • Mikee

    Cutting down trees so that they fall onto public roadways is now considered ‘unfortunate timing’? I call it ‘ignorant, dangerous, and downright stupid.’

    • Floaty

      …and don’t forget “lazy”, because cutting a tree 40 feet further from the road would be hard work and from the looks of it, no one wanted to work hard enough to be safe.

  • bob

    The Boy Scouts used to be an honorable, important institution when they were led by real men. Now they’re just 12 year olds with CHAIN SAWS (apparently) being led by whatever random yahoos can be recruited.

    Anything with doing is worth doing right, and the Boy Scouts are not doing it right. Time to shut this nonsense down.

  • Guy Olson

    This is absolutely negligence by the scout leaders. This organization is guilty of more immoralities than the Catholic church, the NFL and the secret service combined. End this madness now.

  • Steve

    I wonder what qualifications are required to become a scout leader in charge of teenagers involved in such a dangerous project?

      • bob

        Your assumption than anyone who spends time with boys must be a pedophile says a lot about you, Millard.

        I suppose anyone who owns a pet is a zoophile.

    • bob

      The “qualification” is generally having good income or fun toys to play with.

      They do have to pass background checks, though. But there is no IQ test involved.

  • bob

    Felling trees across a public road is not an “accident” or “unfortunate timing.” You can’t do that legally unless you have flaggers, etc. If you don’t know what you’re doing you shouldn’t be doing it.

    There is no such thing as an “accident.”

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