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07/17/2013 10:48 am ET Updated Jul 17, 2013

Barry Strang, Wyoming Man, Buys Motorcycle After 38 Years, Dies Three Miles Later

Barry Strang / Facebook

There's irony, and then there's tragedy -- and this story has a little of both.

For nearly four decades, Barry Strang asked his wife, Pam, for a motorcycle, and each time for 38 years, she said no because she thought they were too dangerous, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

But Pam's objections became fainter after Strang retired. He told his wife he had found the perfect bike -- a 2013 Harley-Davidson -- at a store near the couple's home in the Casper, Wyo., area. He said the bike was "on his bucket list," according to the Star-Tribune.

On June 27, Strang finally purchased the bike. The proud new owner posted a picture of the hog on Facebook with the caption, "44 years finally got one :)." (Strang's Facebook page has since been taken down.)

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Sadly, Strang would never be able to show off his new bike to Pam. About three miles from the bike shop, Strang collided with a tractor trailer on on Highway 789.

“Both vehicles were in the process of negotiating a right hand curve in the roadway when for unknown reasons, Strang’s motorcycle turned to the right colliding with the drive axles of [a] truck tractor," the Wyoming Highway Patrol said in a report. "Upon impact Strang was totally ejected from the motorcycle and went under [the] tractor trailer combination."

The report lists "unfamiliarity with the motorcycle" as a possible contributing factor.

According to a post on the Wyoming Highway Patrol's Facebook page, a portion of the highway was closed following the fatal crash.

(h/t Gawker)

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