3 motorcyclists killed, 5 injured in crash west of Cody

Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 9:43 PM CDT
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Authorities say three motorcyclists were killed and two others were seriously injured when a pickup crashed into the group of riders west of Cody on June 9th.

A 61-year-old man has been charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle after his pickup crashed into a group of motorcyclists from Germany who were heading to Yellowstone National Park.

Manuel Moreno Defuentes, of Ontario, Oregon, made his first court appearance June 10th in Cody.

Circuit Judge Bruce Waters set bail at $25,000 cash and set a preliminary hearing for Aug. 8. Defuentes doesn't have an attorney yet and remains in custody.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Blain Mollett says the truck crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 14-16-20 (Northfork HWY) and crashed into the motorcyclists just east of the Shoshone National Forest boundary. The truck sideswiped two motorcycles, injuring those riders. It then crashed head-on into three more motorcycles.

The highway patrol released the following names of people killed at the scene: Tino Cachey, a 53-year-old man, Ute Cachey, a 52-year-old woman, Erik Brecht, a 37-year-old man.

The highway patrol hasn't yet determined the home cities of the deceased.

Three other German riders were airlifted from the accident scene for medical treatment in Billings, Montana. The agency identifies them as:

Frank Brecht, 47, of Buch Gannertshofen, Dieter Brecht, 65, of Ludwigshafen, Renate Geiger, 67, of Ludwigshafen.

Another rider, Christine Mueller, 44, of Buch Gannertshofen, was treated and released from West Park Hospital in Cody.