Three Minnesota motorcyclists were killed this weekend in traffic accidents around the state, adding to the number of deaths in what has already proven to be a deadly motorcycle season.
The first of the deaths came early Saturday morning in Belle Plaine, where 24-year-old Joshua Posusta was traveling northbound on Lindsey Lane when his bike struck a curb, causing him to be thrown into a tree, according to a Facebook update from local police.
Posusta, who authorities say was not wearing a helmet, died from blunt force injuries sustained in the impact.
His motorcycle continued on and rammed a nearby home, causing minor damage when it ruptured a gas line.
The other two fatalities occurred the next day. On Sunday morning, motorcyclist Troy Malek of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, was killed when he collided with a truck making a left turn onto Grant Boulevard from Highway 61, according to a State Patrol incident report. The driver of the truck suffered no apparent injuries.
Later that afternoon in Becker, Turtle River resident Brett Behnke died after his bike was hit by a truck turning onto Highway 10. The truck driver in this incident was also uninjured, the State Patrol says.
Motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota have been unusually high for this time of year.
Just last month, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the start of this year's motorcycle season was the deadliest on record, with 11 deaths reported up to that time.
A DPS representative told BringMeTheNews that the motorcycle crash death toll so far this year is 23 – at the same time last year, there were 16 fatalities.