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Motorcyclist killed in crash with a deer in Duluth

25 motorcyclists have been killed on Minnesota roads since Memorial Day.

A motorcyclist died in a collision with a deer Wednesday morning in Duluth. 

According to Duluth police, the motorcyclist hit the deer at 7:59 a.m. while traveling east on Grand Avenue near Bessemer Street. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, police say. 

The motorcyclist's identity will be released once family members have been notified. 

According to Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) statistics, collisions with deer caused 27 deaths between 2012 and 2016, as well as a further 137 serious injuries. The DPS says deer collisions are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, who accounted for 14 of 15 dear collision deaths between 2013-15.

100 deadliest days

We're now into the second half of the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads, a stretch of time from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The DPS says there were 66 fatalities in the first 52 days (through Sunday, July 15). 

Of the 66 deaths, 24 were motorcyclists, 17 of whom were not wearing a helmet. The fatal crash Wednesday in Duluth pushes that total to 25. 

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