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Father-of-2 killed in deer collision was a Polaris worker

The tragic accident happened on August 16.
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The motorcyclist killed in a collision with a deer earlier this month has been identified as a father-of-two.

Mark Ziliak, 52, of Lindstrom, Minnesota, died when his motorcycle struck a deer on East Viking Boulevard in Chisago City at around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16.

He died from multiple blunt force injuries, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed on Thursday.

An obituary and a GoFundMe page created in his memory said he is survived by a wife and two sons.

It also reveals that he worked as a staff engineer for vehicle-maker Polaris, which has a product and development facility in Wyoming, Minnesota, just west of Chisago City.

Ziliak had just left work when the accident happened.

The GoFundMe page says he worked as the technical lead on Polaris' three-wheeler, the Slingshot.

It also described Ziliak as "a passionate adventure rider with a love of freedom and the outdoors" as well as a "dedicated father and husband who will be missed by many."

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The fundraiser has so far generated more than $2,200 for the family's funeral and medical expenses, and it can be found here.

A co-worker, Jeff Wolf, wrote on Facebook that Ziliak "loved motorcycles" and moved to the Midwest 15 years ago to work as an engineer for Polaris' Victory motorcycle.

"Mark was zany, funny, great technical engineer, and an asset to the Polaris Slingshot team," he wrote.

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