Motorcyclists Seriously Injured Due to Dog on Roadway


In Jefferson County, two people riding along on a motorcycle are seriously injured after it crashed trying to avoid collision with a dog in the roadway.

On March 13, 2014 at approximately 5:55 p.m., James Foresyth, age 40 of Barnhardt, Missouri was operating a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle along with passenger Deanna Illert, age 41 of Arnold, Missouri. Katherine Appleton, age 31 of Hillsboro, Missouri was operating a 2011 Honda Pilot.

At that said date and time, James and Katherine were both traveling in the northbound direction on Sandy Church Road and 6/10 of a mile of Jarvis Road. The crash occurred as Katherine crested a hill and stopped for a dog in the roadway. Meanwhile, James’ motorcycle was approaching the crested hill when he observed that Katherine’s vehicle was stopped in the roadway and steered to the left to avoid collision with her vehicle. James lost control of his motorcycle and crashed, causing the motorcycle to overturn and eject both James and Deanna.

James Foresyth and Deanna Illert received serious injuries from the motorcycle crash and were both transported by Survival Flight to Mercy Hospital. Katherine Appleton was uninjured and did not seek medical attention.

James’ 2006 Harley Davidson received moderate damages and was towed by another individual. Katherine’s 2011 Honda Pilot was not damaged and was driven from the scene of the crash.

This motorcycle crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop C.