Motorcyclist on fundraising ride for man killed in crash dies in head-on collision


A motorcyclist was killed in Oakdale Saturday while on a fundraising ride for a family of a man killed in a motorcycle crash back in June.

The crash happened just after 3 p.m. Saturday on Highway 120 in Oakdale when a Ford Explorer traveling northbound overcorrected and hit two motorcycles head-on, the State Patrol's report says.

Steven Silva, 53, was driving one of the motorcycles and was seriously injured in the crash. His passenger, 49-year-old Tonia Stocking, was killed. They were not wearing helmets.

A passenger on the other motorcycle was also injured, but the injuries aren't described as life threatening. The drivers of the motorcycle and the Ford Explorer were not injured, the report notes.

The motorcyclists were part of a group of more than 170 riders who gathered to raise money for the family of Randy Thill, who was killed in a motorcycle crash back in June, the Pioneer Press reports.

"This was a difficult benefit for [Randy Thill's wife, Rhonda] to begin with," Emi Yokose of Woodbury, a co-organizer of the fundraiser, told the paper. "And now to lose a close friend is heart wrenching."

The Pioneer Press and KARE 11 wrote about the Thill family earlier this year when a group of motorcyclists returned Randy Thill's wedding ring to his wife. The ring had gone missing following the crash, and the group searched the crash site to find it.

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said 47 motorcycle riders have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, surpassing the total number of all rider fatalities in 2014.

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