Two killed in motorcycle wreck Sunday

Boone couple, riding together, hit shoulder, lose control of bike

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson First responders are shown on scene of a fatal motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon southeast of Lehigh.

LEHIGH — Two people are dead following a single-vehicle motorcycle crash southeast of Lehigh Sunday afternoon, according to Trooper Neil Morenz, of the Iowa State Patrol.

Tony Martz, 58, of Boone, was the driver of the motorcycle. Tamara Wilson-Martz, 58, of Boone, was the passenger.

The two were traveling north on Samson Avenue just before 2:40 p.m.

As they rounded a curve on that road, they drove onto the shoulder and were pulled into the east ditch, according to Morenz.

They continued north in the ditch before going back up an incline located in the driveway of 3040 Samson Ave.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Justin Wood, Webster County sheriff's deputy, left, and Trooper Neil Morenz, of the Iowa State Patrol, communicate following a fatal motorcycle crash along Samson Avenue, southeast of Lehigh Sunday afternoon.

Martz lost control of the motorcycle and both were ejected. They came to a stop after striking a propane tank, Morenz reported.

Tony Martz and Tamara Wilson-Martz were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Eddie Simpson, of Boxholm, was a friend of the couple.

Simpson along with Toby Walters, of Boone, had planned a trip for the day.

“They came over to Boxholm,” Simpson said. “We rode up to Dayton and stopped at Casey’s for some gas.”

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Trooper Neil Morenz, of the Iowa State Patrol, looks over the path where a Boone couple lost control of a motorcycle along Samson Avenue and crashed Sunday afternoon. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We planned to go to Dolliver and eventually Brushy Creek,” Simpson added.

According to Simpson, Martz and Wilson-Martz were riding behind him at the time of the crash.

“They were back quite a ways behind me,” he said. “I went across the bridge. I could see Toby behind me, but I couldn’t see Tony and Tammy.”

Simpson and Walters turned around to go and look for the couple.

“By the time I got back, there were already three vehicles sitting there,” he said.

Simpson said Samson Avenue can be a dangerous road to ride on.

“This road just has a way of pulling you to the shoulder,” he said.

The posted speed limit on Samson Avenue is 55 mph.

Simpson and Walters said they both knew Tony Martz and Tamara Wilson-Martz for more than 20 years.

“I live about four miles from them,” Walters said.

Simpson said no matter the activity, Tony Martz and Tamara Wilson-Martz knew how to have fun.

“They were always fun,” he said. “We got along great. Whether it was camping, boating, or riding motorcycles, or if it was Tony and I playing a game of cribbage. They were always fun.”

The Iowa State Patrol, Webster County sheriff’s deputies, UnityPoint Health, Dayton Rescue, Lehigh volunteer firefighters, and the Webster County medical examiner were on scene.