Motorcyclist, 20, dies in collision with deer in northern Minnesota

The victim is a resident of Hibbing.
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A motorcyclist died in northern Minnesota late Saturday night after crashing into a deer.

The incident happened around 11:40 p.m. on Hwy. 169 in Great Scott Township, St. Louis County.

Killed in the collision was a 20-year-old man from Hibbing, whose identity has not yet been released.

He was riding a Yamaha YFR when he struck a deer head-on near Great Scott Holmes Road, and was thrown from his bike.

He died from his injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

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The Minnesota DPS says that deer collisions caused 27 deaths and 137 serious injuries between 2012 and 2016.

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center offers these safety tips to riders when they encounter an animal in the roadway:

  • Slow down well before reaching the animal if you can.
  • Use both brakes or emergency braking to stop.
  • If you can't stop in time, and have room, try to drive slowly behind the animal.

Riders can also take crash-avoidance courses, which you can find details about at motorcyclesafety.org.

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