A Canadian woman is dead and her husband seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding crashed near Forest Lakes Tuesday evening.
Frank William Hilgendorf and Jodiann Marie Hilgendorf of Alberta, Canada were riding a Honda motorcycle eastbound on Highway 260, near milepost 288, when the motorcycle’s rear tire blew out causing the motorcycle to fishtail and Frank to lose control, said Bart Graves, DPS media relations coordinator.
The pair crashed and Jodiann was pronounced dead on scene. Frank was flown to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in serious condition. Both were wearing helmets at the time, Graves said.
Six people traveling with the Hilgendorfs were later driven to the Valley by volunteers from the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse. Lt. Tim Scott said because there were no rental cars available in the area, the sheriff’s office sent a jail van to pick up the group and drive them to the hospital to be with Frank.