UPDATED: Police identify 2 Harley riders who died in Southern Utah crash

A Harley Davidson lies on its side following a fatal crash in Kane County, Utah, June 2, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two people died after being thrown from a motorcycle in a crash near Orderville Saturday afternoon.


Update June 3, 3:40 p.m. Utah Highway Patrol has identified the motorcycle riders who died in the crash as 50-year-old Charles G. Rau, of Kanab, and 44-year-old Renee L. Chartier, also of Kanab.


A Toyota Tacoma is damaged following a crash with a motorcycle in Kane County, Utah, June 2, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

Utah Highway Patrol responded to the crash involving a man and a woman riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Toyota Tacoma near milepost 85 on U.S. Route 89 in Kane County at approximately 2 p.m.

The Harley was behind the Toyota at the time of the crash, according to a news release issued by UHP.

“The Toyota truck stopped to turn left onto Frost Lane,” UHP said. “For an unknown reason, the driver of the Harley Davidson did not slow quickly enough to avoid the Toyota truck.”

The Harley rear-ended the Toyota, according to UHP, causing both riders to be thrown from the bike. They died at the scene.

UPH identified the riders as 50-year-old Charles G. Rau, of Kanab, and 44-year-old Renee L. Chartier, also of Kanab.

No one in the Toyota was injured, UHP said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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4 Comments

  • Carpe Diem June 3, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Wow, looks like they didn’t even slow down. “See Trucks!”

  • Foxyheart June 3, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Tailgating

    • comments June 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      no. the bike hit a stopped or slow moving truck at a high rate of speed

  • mmsandie June 3, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Helmets would have helped but speed was a factor, not paying attention to th3 rd and maybe sweetie interferred?

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