Victim of Fatal Motorcycle Crash Identified

Authorities say Daniel Victor Quinones crashed his motorcycle west of Kalispell and died of head injuries

By Beacon Staff

Law enforcement officials have released the name of a man who died May 4 after he crashed his motorcycle into a roadside ditch on a county road west of Kalispell.

According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry, Daniel Victor Quinones, 57, of Kalispell, died when his dirt bike went off the roadway on Rhodes Draw and landed in a ditch that contained water.

Rhodes Draw is located about one mile from its intersection with Farm To Market Road.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Pat Herman said a witness saw Quinones start to lose control before going into the ditch. He was unresponsive when emergency responders arrived and died at the scene.

Quinones was not wearing a helmet and suffered head trauma, and while early reports suggested it was possible that he was knocked unconscious and drowned, Curry said he died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol.

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