Yellowstone Harley-Davidson parts man, mechanic killed during poker run

Publish Date: 
Sep 10, 2012

BELGRADE, Mont. – A memorial service was held Sept. 7 for two employees of Yellowstone Harley-Davidson who were killed in a Labor Day weekend poker run.

The men were part of a large pack of riders on a poker run Sept. 2 when their motorcycles collided with a Toyota Tundra on a Highway.

The Montana Highway Patrol told the Belgrade News parts man Cote Jonathan Fugere, 29, was trying to pass on a right-hand curve when he drifted into an oncoming truck. Mechanic Joseph Swanger, 40, also a dealership employee and Belgrade resident, was close behind Fugere and also hit the truck.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither man was wearing a helmet. The Montana Highway Patrol said alcohol was a factor in the accident.

“They were both absolutely incredible people,” said Yellowstone Harley-Davidson general manager Josh Fry. “We loved them dearly. This is an absolute tragedy, but they died doing what they loved.”


Posted by Holly Wagner