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Motorcyclist hurt in memorial ride

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
July 24, 2011
— A man was hospitalized with a head injury after his motorcycle collided with a dog Saturday afternoon during a memorial motorcycle ride for firefighters, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to a sheriff’s report: Matthew Kollath, 42, Horicon, was traveling west in a convoy of motorcycles participating in the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Ride for Remembrance when a black Labrador retriever ran in front of his motorcycle.


Kollath struck the dog and was thrown from his motorcycle.


The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday at 10150 Bowers Lake Road, just east of County KK in Lima Township.


Kollath, who was conscious after the accident, was flown by helicopter to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Wauwatosa, with non-life threatening head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.


Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash, the sheriff’s office reported.


The dog also was injured in the accident. A citation was pending for its owner, Steven Gilder, 18, of Lima, for a dog running at large.


The motorcycle ride, part of an annual fundraiser for the Wisconsin State Firefighters memorial in Wisconsin Rapids, started in Oconomowoc and ended Saturday evening in New Glarus.


Ride organizer Ron Naab said the ride, which included 450 riders, police escorts and emergency vehicles on standby, was headed from Whitewater to Edgerton when the accident occurred.


Naab, who participated in the ride, said he was far ahead of the accident and did not see it happen. It was not clear whether Kollath is a firefighter.


Naab said the ride continued to Edgerton after the accident and was en route to New Glarus by late afternoon Saturday.


The memorial ride is in its eighth year, and Naab said it’s the first time that a participant has been injured.



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