Gypsy Jokers Disaster

May 31, 2017

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Gypsy Jokers Disaster

A 50-year-old woman named Lisa Ann Niehaus who drove head on into a pack of  “more than 40 motorcyclists” last Saturday night was arraigned yesterday on 16 felony and misdemeanor counts including multiple counts of criminally negligent homicide, third degree assault, unlawfully and recklessly causing serious physical injury and  reckless endangerment and a single count of reckless driving.

According to a press release issued by the Wheeler County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office, Niehaus “crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic…on Highway 19 at about Milepost 60, a location just east of Fossil. This vehicle struck a large number of motorcycle riders that were riding as a group to attend a locally held event at nearby Bear Hollow Park. Many of those in the group were self-identified as being members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club.

“There were two fatalities on scene and numerous serious and traumatic injuries. This resulted in a medical response requiring ambulances from Spray, Fossil, Condon, and Arlington. Five different emergency air transports occurred from both on scene and from the Asher Community Health Clinic. Volunteer medical crews and fire departments responded, along with the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police. Highway 19 was closed for almost nine hours as a local crane was called in to assist in clearing the wreckage.”

“A number of the victims remain in critical care at regional area hospitals. Due to the criminal investigation no names of the inured or deceased are being publicly released at this time. The families of the deceased have been notified.”

The Dead

The two dead men were later identified as Aaron Michael Polsfuss and Donald Robert Pratt.

The crash occurred in an isolated, rural area. The nearest trauma center was 90 miles away.

County Sheriff Chris Humphreys described the scene as “horrific” and “the worst in Wheeler County history.”

Humphreys told  Angel Carpenter of the Blue Mountain Eagle, “I’ve seen some things in the 20 years that I’ve been doing this, It’s heartbreaking on every side here. I’m in contact with the families, and it’s heartbreaking for them.”

The pack was en route to the 40th Annual Fossil Motorcycle Campout, a start of summer event at Bear Hollow Park sponsored by ABATE of Oregon.

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40 Responses to “Gypsy Jokers Disaster”

  1. Ranger s Mom Says:

    I would like to thank each & every one of you out there in cyber land for all the sympathy we have received ,but I would still be sitting here next month. The Power Ranger was one of the beautiful souls in this life,& I wish that I could have kept him here for a while longer. He had a wonderful sense of humor, he thought of everybody except himself.One of his favorite thing in this world was riding his Harley any where or time. so believe it when I say he was out there enjoying him s.elf. please except our sincerest thanks for all your sympathy,s& prayer s. I can not express the depth of our appreciation. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

  2. sled tramp Says:

    R.I.P. Power Ranger G.J.M.C. another victim of the senseless wreck last month died of complications during surgery.Our hearts are heavy…our spirits enraged.

  3. jay Says:

    fuck…

  4. Docb Says:

    Dear Sled tramp
    Condolences to you my friend, and your brothers, and friends and their families. Senseless loss an a very large scale

    Respects
    Doc

  5. Muck 1%er Says:

    @ sled tramp,
    Man…that’s a rough one to swallow. Shit like that touches everyone of us out here on the highways, to the core of our hearts. Could be any of us, at any time.
    I’m truly sorry for your pain and loss.

    Respect to you and yours.

  6. Muck 1%er Says:

    Condolences to the Gypsy Jokers MC, the families who’s lives were forever changed in an instant and to all who loved them.

  7. sled tramp Says:

    Two Brothers were lost,two lost legs and of those,one also might lose an arm.Severe spinal injuries and bones.Most guys are on their way home this week.The press has kept quiet on this and many months of life changing modifications are ahead.RIP Aaron and Flash G.J.M.C.

  8. Boof GJMC Australia and Sandie Says:

    Such a tragic and senseless thing to have happened. Deepest condolences to the members, family and friends on the loss of your loved ones, and may those injured make a full and speedy recovery, and may the idiot bitch who so carelessly did this have a real bad day, everyday, for the remainder of her days.
    Sending love and prayers of healing accross the oceans.

  9. Chasra Says:

    From ABATE of Mississipppi – Our sincerest sympathy for those folks lost and injured in this horrific accident.
    Just knowing it could happen to any of us during a group function is most sobering. May God give you peace from your nightmares and ease the pain of the survivors.
    You all are in our hearts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    ABATE of Mississippi

  10. Preacher james Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to out to all the members of the Gypsy Jokers and their families on the loss of your Brothers. Godspeed and a speedy recovery to all who were injured. Much Love!

  11. Lost Says:

    Such a devastating loss. Worst thing i ever saw were the aftermath photos. Seen bad wreck pictures before, but these were people i know. RIP and every positive thought i can muster for the ones still fighting. ML&R to you all and your families.

  12. Rocket Says:

    My sincere condolences to all the families of the fallen and their fellow brothers. Hope all you injured guys heal well.

  13. Fox Says:

    On behalf of Southern Cross Cruiser Club Australia, condolences and prayers go out to all the families and friends of the victims of a horrible incident

  14. Goat Veterans MC Australia Says:

    Our condolences to all the members of the Gypsy Jokers and Families on the loss of your Brothers, speedy recovery to all who were injured.

    Goat
    VMC
    Australia

  15. Wallrider69 Says:

    R.I.p.to the fallen,prayers to the family.s

  16. Cookie Hamil Says:

    This is a hard reality to come to terms with! These soldiers mean the world to me and my family. They have been there for me time and time again.love and respect to my Gypsy Joker family.till Valhalla my friends!!

  17. Chris Says:

    As a family member of a Joker, I send my deepest condolences to everyone hurt by this senseless tragedy. A tragedy that should have never happened. I hope the woman responsible never has a day of freedom again. I also hope she is haunted every single time she closes her eyes at night. And thanks to the first responders who did everything they could to save lives.

  18. Naomi Best Says:

    My sincere condolences to the GJMC, friends and family of the injured and deceased members. Such a terrible tragedy. Much respect.

  19. Dutchboy Says:

    Don’t often get to say good things here about the boys in blue but Kudos to Sheriff Humphreys. Thanks to you, your men and the other first responders who helped the downed Jokers. I do not envy you the job of telling the next of kin.

  20. Freebird Says:

    Thank you for posting this, Mr. Rebel.
    The two lost men are missed so painfully, the horrifically injured men have so much recovery ahead of them and their Brothers and families have been served a shit sandwich they did not order.
    Much respect, sir.

  21. mrdirt Says:

    Rest in peace and recover quickly.

  22. Bone Head Says:

    Condolences to the families of the fallen and The Gypsy Jokers. May the ones who survived recover. and may the bitch who did this to them rot.

  23. Coolaid Says:

    Condolences to the club, and families involved. I pray nobody ever has to receive this type of news.

  24. TN Says:

    Seems like the driver of the car should have died from her injuries a couple of minutes after the crash. Maybe in the process of being helped out of her car.

  25. RtC Says:

    Heartfelt CONDOLENCES to the GJMC. May the cage bitch rot.

  26. Maven Says:

    My sincere condolences for the families, friends and brothers of those lost in this senseless tragedy. May they Rest in Peace.

  27. panamaa Says:

    Condolences to the Jokers, their families and Brothers….

  28. IcemanB&W Says:

    My condolences to the families of the fallen riders. A terrible tragedy.

    May the cager get their deserved punishment.

  29. Paladin Says:

    My sincere condolences to the Jokers, their families and Brothers. May the deceased ride in peace, and justice be swiftly visited upon the cunt that caused this tragedy.

    Paladin

  30. JMacK Says:

    Condolences and Respects to the families and Brothers of the deceased. Mojo out there for the recovery of the injured.

    Respects
    JMacK

  31. Rusty Says:

    Condolences and heathen prayers up

  32. MY Spalten Says:

    Deepest and heartfelt condolences for the deceased brothers. Well wishes for speedy recovery and upcoming rehab.for the others. GOC prospect.

  33. Dutchboy Says:

    Condolences to the family and friends, prayers for the healing and health of the injured, and a very long sentence with much mental anguish for Lisa Ann.

  34. Harleyguy Says:

    Was the driver of the car drunk or texting or just plain stupid? My condolences’ to the riders and there family’s

  35. Technomad Says:

    Sincere condolences to the Jokers. I hope the injured recover without permanent damage.

  36. Steel Says:

    Condolences to the Brothers, the families and the friends of the deceased and a speedy recovery to those hospitalized.

    Respects

    Steel

  37. Chopper Says:

    Very sorry to hear. My condolences to those who were hurt or perished.

  38. Phuquehed Says:

    I can’t say it any better than Sieg has and agree, that it’s a shame the shit-stain in the cage survived.

  39. Griz's Gal Says:

    Good grief. Sending prayers to all involved. That’s one you just can’t wrap your head around.

    GG

  40. Sieg Says:

    Condolences to the Brothers, family, and friends of the dead.’

    A shame the creature driving the car survived.

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