Motorcycle fatality, two injured after two separate weekend crashes


One motorcyclist is dead, and two are injured after separate motorcycle accidents that happened this weekend.

In the first incident, a motorcyclist suspected of driving while intoxicated crashed into a ditch in central Minnesota Friday night, then left his passenger behind and drove off.

When authorities pulled over the 43-year-old driver a few miles from the crash site, he was injured, "drunk and shoeless," the Star Tribune reports.

It took 45 minutes before authorities found the abandoned passenger.

The Department of Public Safety incident report details the following:

The motorcycle was traveling south on Highway 10 near Rice, Minnesota, when the driver lost control and crashed into a ditch. The driver got back on the bike and left his female passenger in the ditch.

The State Patrol stopped the motorcycle about seven miles away in Royalton.

Authorities say the driver had "substantial injuries from the crash" and he did not mention the passenger to police.

Both the driver and the passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

In the second incident, a 29-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday morning after colliding into another car in Lakeville.

The incident occurred around 5 a.m. on County Road 46 near Galaxie Avenue. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner tells KSTP Jacob Lindholm died on the scene from "unspecified injures."

Authorities continue to investigate.

The number of motorcycle deaths in Minnesota is spiking this year, according to the Department of Safety.

More about motorcycle rider training courses is available at the Minnesota Department Public of Safety website.

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