MADRAS, Ore. – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a medical emergency on Highway 97 Sunday afternoon.
Deputies say Connie Hemenway, 49, and Bret Hemenway, 50, both of Madras, were on a two-day motorcycle ride and were returning home when they got caught in a thunderstorm.
Investigators say the pair stopped at the rest area at Cow Canyon for a few minutes before they continued on the highway when there was a break in the storm. They were forced to stop a few minutes later as the storm picked up again.
They stopped under a large tree on the side of the highway. Deputies say Connie Hemenway saw a blue light and felt extreme pain in her left arm before being blown backwards. They say Bret was leaning against the tree and not moving. Connie then called 911 for help.
Deputies and medical personnel arrived. Connie was transported to the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and treated for her injuries.
CPR was attempted on Bret Hemenway, but he was reported dead at the scene.