Morning crash marks 4th motorcyclist fatality in past week


A motorcycle driver is dead following a three-vehicle crash in Burnsville Thursday morning – the fourth fatality from crashes involving a motorcycle in the past week.

According to the State Patrol, the motorcycle driver was heading northbound on Interstate 35W. Around 8:20 a.m., the driver sideswiped an SUV, then was struck by a second SUV, the State Patrol says. The drivers of both vehicles – Elizabeth Peterson, 65, of Lonsdale; and Steven Amoapim-Usher, 29, of St. Louis Park – were uninjured.

The identity of the motorcyle driver has not been released. KARE 11 reports he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two lanes on the highway were shut down for a couple hours as first responders and investigators were on the scene.

The accident comes just a day after a car driving in north Minneapolis crashed into two motorcycles, killing one of the drivers and injuring the other, according to Minneapolis police.

Police say two men on separate motorcycles were traveling southbound on Penn Avenue North when a car pulled into the intersection, heading west on 23rd Avenue North. The car hit both motorcycles, then drove up onto the sidewalk and crashed into a fence in the yard of a nearby house. Police believe the bikers had the right of way, WCCO reports.

All three drivers were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where one of the bikers was pronounced dead.

Recent Motorcycle Crashes

Thursday's death marked the fourth fatality from a motorcycle crash since May 28, the Department of Public Safety says in a press release – in addition, another 28 people have been injured during that time.

The others, according to the department:
– Wednesday evening, a motorcyclist and his passenger were involved in a hit and run on Hwy 169 north of St. Peter. The driver has been found.
– Tuesday morning: A motorcyclist was injured when he struck a deer in Olmsted county.
– Sunday afternoon: A motorcyclist was injured when he lost control on a County Road in Stearns County and struck a guardrail.
– Saturday morning: Two motorcycles crashed into one another at the 9300 block of 105th Ave. Southwest in Rock Dell Township, causing non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was a factor in the crash and the incident remains under investigation.
– Friday afternoon: A motorist pulled out in front of a motorcycle heading west on County Road 46 in Freeborn County, the motorcyclist suffered non-life threatening injuries.
– Thursday: A van made a U-turn on Hwy 95 in Isanti County directly in front of a motorcycle. The motorcycle hit the van and both the rider and the passenger were killed.

The Department of Public Safety is reminding all motorists to stay aware, check blind spots, give other motorists room, and always look twice when going through an intersection. The

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