The motorcyclist who died when he slammed head-on into a bus near The Rim Friday has been identified now. Investigators say 20-year-old Holden Horgan of Big Piney was northbound on US 191 at a high rate of speed and passing multiple vehicles in a marked no passing zone near a blind curve in the roadway.
A school bus from Columbia, Missouri returning from a field trip in the national parks with 46 middle-schoolers onboard was southbound at the same time, and Holden was unable to negotiate a curve to the right in the roadway. Holden applied his rear brake, but the motorcycle drifted into the southbound lane. The motorcycle collided with the bus despite attempts by the bus driver to avoid the collision. Holden came to rest in the southbound lane of travel and the motorcycle was stopped by the southbound guardrail.
Holden was not wearing a helmet and succumbed to his injuries on scene. Speeding and unsafe passing by Holden are being investigated as reasons for the crash.