Man arrested in motorcycle accident that left a friend dead |

Man arrested in motorcycle accident that left a friend dead

Tyrell Kochenower booked for investigation of vehicular homicide

Howard Pankratz — The Denver Post

Tyrell Kochenower

A man critically injured in a Sept. 21, 2007, motorcycle accident in Weld County was arrested Friday in Craig for investigation of vehicular homicide.

The man, Tyrell Kochenower, 30, was riding a motorcycle at the intersection of Weld county roads 74 and 29 near Eaton just after midnight.

A passenger who was riding on the back of the motorcycle, Bethany Gibson, 21, of Greeley, died at the scene.

A warrant was issued for Kochenower on Feb. 4.

Shane Sco­field, spokesman for the Weld County Sheriff's Office, said Ko­­chenower was apprehended following a search by the sheriffs's office, the U.S. Marshal's Service and Craig Police Department.

The actual arrest was made by a Craig police officer, and Kochenower was booked into the Moffat County Jail, where his bond has been set at $100,000.

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According to reports in The Steamboat Pilot & Today at the time of the accident, Kochenower — known as "Tye" to his friends and family — suffered a severe brain injury, fractured skull and collapsed lung.

According to Pilot & Today, the community rallied around Kochenower, who has two children.