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FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 207 IN WHEELER COUNTY, OREGON

WHEELER COUNTY, OR – The Oregon State Police (OSP) is reporting that on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:02 p.m., OSP responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy. 207 near milepost 18 in Wheeler County. 


The preliminary investigation indicated a black Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William Charles Edward Herrold (42) of Oregon City, was leading a group of motorcycles northbound on Hwy. 207 when it veered onto the gravel shoulder, lost control, and crashed. 

The operator (William Herrold) and passenger, Tanya Marie Ann Herrold (44) of Oregon City, were both thrown from the motorcycle. William Herrold was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Tanya Herrold died at the scene. 

A second motorcycle operated by Raymond Curtis Zentz (50) of Vancouver (WA) also veered onto the gravel shoulder and went down. Zentz was not injured.  

Traveling too fast for conditions was reported as a contributing factor to the crash. 

The highway was impacted for four hours. 

OSP was assisted by the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, Wheeler County Fire & Rescue, Mitchel Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 

 

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