MOTORCYCLE PASSENGER DIES IN CRASH ON HWY 395 NEAR LAKEVIEW – LAKE COUNTY
On September 16, 2018 at about 3:55 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash involving a motor cycle and passenger car on US 395 near milepost 141.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Jacob Alexander Lepeilbet (26) from Caldwell, Idaho, was traveling northbound on US 395 near milepost 141 when, for an unknown reason, failed to stop for a white 1995 Ford Taurus stopped in the northbound lane signaling to turn left. The motorcycle impacted the rear of the Taurus at highway speed.
The passenger on the motorcycle, Hailey Michelle Ernest (35) from Boise, Idaho, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.
Lepeilbet suffered significant injuries and was transported to the Lake District Hospital and later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.
The driver of the Taurus, Ronald Allen Foltz (59) from Lakeview, Oregon, sustained minor injuries.
US 395 was closed for over three hours following the crash.
OSP was assisted by ODOT and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.