First Fatal Motorcycle Crash of 2017 for Minnesota

Second earliest fatality ever

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Over the weekend, the first fatal motorcycle crash of the season occurred in Redwood County.

The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Sunday around 6 p.m.on the 400 block of Central Street in Sanborn. A 60-year-old man was negotiating a curve when he crashed into the ditch. The rider was not wearing a helmet, according to authorities.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, this is the second earliest motorcycle fatality ever in Minnesota. The earliest motorcycle death occurred on February 23, 2002. Last year, the first fatality happened on March 7.

Extra cautioned is urged to motorcyclists, as the season continues to swing between spring and winter because:

  • There is sand and gravel at intersections and turns
  • Pavement is uneven due to freezing and thawing
  • Motorists are not used to seeing motorcyclists out
  • Snow run-off refreezing on roadways

A reminder to all motorists that they should watch carefully for motorcycles in traffic, always look twice before turning or changing lanes and give riders plenty of room.

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