Deadly riding season continues: Married couple killed in motorcycle crash


What may be the deadliest motorcycle season in Minnesota history has claimed another two lives – a husband and wife from Davenport, Iowa – bringing the number of fatalities to at least 28 so far.

The accident occurred Monday evening on Interstate 90 near Jackson, Minnesota, where the BMW motorcycle lost control and veered over the center line into oncoming traffic, according to the State Patrol.

The report indicates the bike's driver and its passenger – identified as Richard and Francois Hedeen, both in their late 60s – were killed when their vehicle smashed head-on into a Honda minivan.

The driver of the Honda – who is also listed as an Iowa resident – was transported to a hospital with "believed non-life-threatening injuries." The three children who were riding in the back of the minivan were apparently not hurt.

A dangerous season

This continues an alarming trend of motorcycle deaths in Minnesota, with the 2015 riding season significantly outpacing last year's season with regard to road fatalities.

In a Monday Facebook post (before the Jackson accident had occurred), the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center said the number of motorcycle fatalities stood at 27.

However, the Star Tribune reports the number is at 30, noting that at this same time last year, there were 17 deaths.

Last month, public safety officials said that the start of the 2015 riding season was the deadliest the state had seen since it began keeping records on motorcycle crashes in 1994.

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