UHP identifies motorcyclist killed in head-on crash with truck

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Fatal motorcycle crash - Wolf Creek Pass

WOLF CREEK PASS, Utah – Authorities have identified the man who died in a head-on collision after his  motorcycle drifted into oncoming traffic and hit a truck that was pulling a trailer Sunday afternoon.

The Utah Highway Patrol said 26-year-old Oswaldo E. Islas-Espinoza of West Valley City was killed in the accident.

According to UHP, the was called in at about 2:13 p.m. on State Route 35 near mile post 16 in the Wolf Creek Pass area—which is about 15 miles east of Francis.

Officials said Islas-Espinoza drifted to the left and into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason.

The motorcycle hit a truck and trailer head-on.

Islas-Espinoza was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

No one else was injured.


  • Scarab

    Victim was part of a group ride put on by a local shop. These rides are notorious for one or more incidents every year. Huge group, big egos writing checks their talent can’t cash. The rider had just bought the bike yesterday. Ducati super bike. And while it seems he was an experienced rider, he obviously made a big mistake.

    • Kinetica

      This is why I would never participate in a big group ride from a shop, you just don’t know who’s out there riding along side you. You’re exactly right though, get a large group of mixed talents all trying to ride like Rossi in front of the GoPro’s and it turns into a terrible combination. Add the fact that the rider had just bought a bike he was not yet 100% familiar with and it’s almost like he was doomed from the getgo.

  • Interdependent

    Adrenalin Moto shame on you for not being more organized, setting rules and requiring riders to split up and ride safe. This poor rider unfamiliar with his new bike a wreck that could have easily been avoided. My thoughts are with you and your family. I have never met a seasoned rider who would ever go on any of these group rides that the above company puts on.

    • Scarab

      Not sure the shop is to blame per se. It’s like blaming a gun shop for the irresponsible actions of someone who causes a negligent discharge. Yes those of us who have been in the local sportbike community know about the bad rep this shop’s organized rides have, but ultimately people are responsible for their own behavior, 100%. Even if that behavior is simply to join an unmanageable, poorly organized ride.

      Ultimately it’s the rider’s responsibility to stay within his or her limits, but yes, as you say, no responsible sport rider will ever deliberately put him or herself in a pack of fifty sportbikes, either. Big egos, bad judgement and a bad case of LOFT are a recipe for disaster, but this guy could have easily done the same mistake on a solo ride. The group dynamic certainly makes the potential for letting ego get out of hand more likely of course.

      I feel bad for the truck driver, who most likely had nothing to do with the cause.

      Ride with people you know and trust, and you’re doing more to manage the risk. Ride within your limits and you’re doing more. Do all that with good training and good gear, keep your head on a swivel, ride as if you’re invisible to other traffic (including your fellow riders) and you’re ahead of the curve on risk management.


    The primary reason for drifting into oncoming traffic is speed. He knew he was in trouble but there was nothing he could do to avoid his fate.

  • dave

    i rode from slc to kanasas city and back with a huge pack of bandidos. not one issue. there’s professional motorcyclists, and everyone else

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