LOWELL – A Boise man died in a motorcycle crash last Friday evening that also resulted in the arrest of two of his companions for driving under the influence.
Gerald V. Wilburn, 57, died of his injuries at the accident scene located seven miles east of Lowell on U.S. Highway 12, according to Idaho State Police.
The incident was reported at 7:50 p.m. Wilburn and two motorcycle companions were eastbound, having eaten dinner in Kooskia a short time prior. Wilburn was riding a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he failed to maintain his lane. He crossed over the centerline across the westbound lane and entered the ditch where he was ejected from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet.
During the crash investigation, law enforcement were directed by bystanders to Wilburn’s companions – Kevin W. Feeney, 59, of Boise, and Ronald K. Cooley, 58, of Ketchum – as possibly being intoxicated. Following field sobriety tests and discovery of containers of alleged alcohol in possession of the pair, Feeney and Cooley were arrested on misdemeanor charges of DUI and alcoholic beverage open container.
ISP Trooper William Adams and Sergeant Ken Yount handled the crash and DUI investigations, assisted by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. B&B Towing provided wrecker services. Wilburn’s body was taken to Trenary Funeral Home.