Two employees of a Montana dealership die during poker run

Two employees of Yellowstone Harley-Davidson in Belgrade, Mont., were killed in a crash that occurred during a poker run Labor Day weekend.

Cote Jonathan Fugere, 29, and Joseph Swanger, 40, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the Sept. 2 crash outside Wilsall, Mont., The Belgrade News reported. Fugere was trying to pass on a right-hand curve when he drifted into an oncoming Toyota Tundra, the Montana Highway Patrol reported to the newspaper. Swanger was close behind Fugere, and he also hit the truck. Other Yellowstone Harley-Davidson employees were also riding in the pack with the two men, but they managed to either avoid the accident or lay down their bikes, only sustaining minor injuries. The highway patrol said alcohol was a factor in the accident, and neither man was wearing a helmet.

The dealership held a celebration of life for Fugere and Swanger on Friday.

To read the full story from The Belgrade News, click here.


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