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Brainerd motorcyclist dies in crash with SUV

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A central Minnesota man is dead after a motorcycle crash.

Crow Wing County police say 66-year-old Terron Lee Dingman of Brainerd had been riding his motorcycle eastbound on Wise Road Thursday around 3:30 p.m when it happened.


According to the report, police believe he crossed the centerline as he rounded a curve, striking a westbound SUV.

Officials say Dingman was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were three people in the SUV when it crashed – a 44-year-old driver and two teenagers.

They were all transported to St. Joseph's Emergency Room. The extent of their injuries is not known.

Bike season

As the days get longer and temperatures become warmer, more people are cruising around on their bikes.

But since motorcycles lack the size and enclosure that other motorized vehicles have, it's especially important that cyclists – and other drivers – pay attention.

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,586 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2014. And 92,000 were injured.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that helmets reduce the risk of death by 37 percent. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent.

Drivers of other vehicles can also play a role in keeping motorcyclists safe.

Drive-Safely recommends that when drivers approach an intersection, they look for traffic, then look again for motorcyclists.

The website also says its important to keep your distance when driving behind a bike, noting that while rear-ending another car isn't usually a big deal, rear-ending a motorcycle can be deadly.

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