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Woodbury mom who died in motorcycle crash remembered as wonderful newborn ICU nurse

The 49-year-old mother was involved in a crash Saturday in St. Paul.

Co-workers of a Hennepin County Medical Center nurse who died in a motorcycle crash have raised more than $17,000 for the woman's son. 

Diane M. Small, 49, of Woodbury, died early Sunday morning after crashing the motorcycle she was riding near the intersection of Johnson Parkway and Interstate 94 in St. Paul around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 

According to St. Paul Police Department, Small's boyfriend was trailing her on a motorcycle and said they were traveling southbound on Johnson Parkway when Small hit. a patch of dirt while navigating a curve and then skid, hit a curb and crashed. 

Officers arrived at the scene and found Small lying in the middle of Johnson Parkway, near Hudson Road. She was wearing a helmet but appeared to have suffered a head injury, police said. 

She was transported to Regions Hospital, where she died around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. 

"From her longtime coworkers at HCMC newborn ICU, we are raising money to cover the cost of Diane’s medical bills and to help her son, Jack, financially," organizers of the GoFundMe wrote. 

"Diane was the life of the party, full of love and brightened every room. This is our small way to remember her."

The Pioneer Press reports that Small was also a hockey mom who loved watching her 14-year-old son play. 

One person who donated to the fundraiser wrote that "Diane will always be remembered by my family as the most wonderful baby nurse."

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