Australian killed in Black Dog Ride across the USA

A WOMAN was killed during the Black Dog Ride across the USA on Friday.
A WOMAN was killed during the Black Dog Ride across the USA on Friday.

MACKAY'S Charles Linsley said his thoughts are with the family of West Australian Steve Thomas, after his wife Barbara was killed in a motorbike crash on Friday.

Mr Linsley had been riding with both the Thomas' in the Black Dog Ride across the USA, and posted on Facebook about the incident.

Mrs Thomas was killed when the bike she and her husband were riding hit a turkey, near Durango in Colorado.

Mr Thomas is in a critical condition.

"I am sorry to have to share this news with everyone who is following the ride," Mr Linsley wrote.

"Since the accident, our group has closed ranks and everyone is being very supportive of each other, particularly those who were first on the scene and helping Steve and Barabra till the medicos arrived, and those with whom they were particularly close.

"The local sheriffs office provided first responder support last night and again this morning, being available to provide counselling support, and supplying handouts of information on how people might be affected in a number of ways by this situation."

He said the group of riders also included a number of mental health first aiders, who were lending support.

"Some riders are reflecting on whether or not to continue, and will decide before those who are, including myself, leave tomorrow to continue on the ride," Mr Linsley wrote.

"In the meantime our thoughts are with Steve and his family as we support each other through this tragedy."

Founder of the Black Dog Ride Steve Andrews said in a statement riders were devastated by the incident.

"Our Black Dog community are a close-knit bunch and we are devastated by this terrible accident," he said.

"Our deepest condolences are with Barbara's loved ones and our fellow riders."

Topics:  black dog ride

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Footy dad: I can hold my head high

Geoffrey Whittaker says it's 'awesome' to see justice served after enduring a trial this week. He was found not guilty of assault.

'I'm glad I'm not the one that looks like the idiot any more'

Footy fight: Coach accused of spiteful, 'vicious' act

Geoffrey James Whittaker, who has pleaded not guilty to assault charges at a football carnival.

'Sometimes it's appropriate to defend oneself by striking first'

Dad 'head-butted' footy coach during kids' rugby carnival

Geoffrey Whittaker has pleaded not guilty two assault charges. The offences are alleged to have occurred during a children's football carnival in 2016.

Geoffrey James Whittaker pleads not guilty to two assault charges

Local Partners