Sunday Afternoon Group Motorcycle Ride Turns Tragic (Updated)


First Responders Help Load A Motorcycle Accident Victim On To Mercy One Air Care Helicopter.  The Accident Occurred Sunday Afternoon On County Road K-64 About A Mile And A Half North Of Oyens.

(Oyens) — A Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride turned tragic. Members of the First Reformed Church of Boyden were on their second annual “Motorcycle Sunday Ride” traveling from Boyden to Le Mars when one of their members lost control of his motorcycle on county road K-64 about a mile and a half north
of Oyens. The accident happened at about 12:25 p.m. Witnesses say the motorcyclist, 67 year old Dave Poppen, apparently got too close to the edge of the pavement highway when his motorcycle dropped off the pavement, causing him to lose control.
Responding the accident were the Oyens Fire Department and Ambulance, along with the Le Mars Ambulance Service and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Iowa State Patrol, and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the motorcycle suffered severe injuries, and was airlifted by Mercy One AirCare helicopter to Mercy One in Sioux City. A member of the group
says nearly 15 to 20 motorcycles, along with family members following in cars, were on their way to Le Mars to visit the Wells Visitor’s Center and Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy ice cream.  Poppen remains in critical condition.  There is no word on whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.