A "young" golden retriever was killed when it ran into traffic, causing a motorcycle to crash in Stearns County on Saturday, the sheriff's office said. Two riders were injured in the crash.
A group of 10 motorcycles was traveling northbound on 75th Avenue in Brockway Township when the dog ran out into the street, a news release says. The motorcycles attempted to swerve to miss the dog, but the 44-year-old male driver hit the dog, causing the motorcycle to tip and slide to a stop.
The rider and his passenger, a 46-year-old woman, were riding in the third position on the outside of the traffic lane at the time of the crash, police said.
The couple, who weren’t wearing helmets, were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
After the crash, the dog ran toward a house, where it later died, the sheriff’s office says.
Motorcyclist killed in Otter Tail County
In Otter Tail County on Sunday, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the 27000 block of County Highway 22 just after 9 p.m., the sheriff's office said.
A 911 caller said they witnessed an SUV collide with the victim, a 19-year-old man from Dent, Minnesota, in the road. However, the sheriff’s office believes the motorcyclist collided with a deer prior to the 911 caller arriving at the scene.
The caller said the motorcyclist was unconscious and lying in the roadway with serious injuries. First responders declared him dead at the scene.
The SUV driver, a 53-year-old woman from Erhard, showed no signs of impairment, the sheriff’s office said.
The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. He has not been identified.
5 motorcycle deaths in April
Although fewer vehicles are on the roads across Minnesota due to the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic-related fatalities have not gone down. From March 16-April 21, there were 31 fatal crashes on Minnesota roads, resulting in 35 deaths, the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety’s website says.
In April of this year, there were 20 fatal crashes (in April 2019 there were 17). Of the 21 fatalities last month, five were motorcyclists.