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EDITORIAL (June 8, 2016): Three motorcycle deaths in two weeks is too many

It’s becoming a Monday morning tradition to receive press releases at the Herald detailing weekend motorcycle fatalities on Pierce County roads. Three motorcyclists have died in the last two weeks.

If not fatalities, then press releases detail extensive injuries. Since April:

  • On Friday, April 15 two Minnesota residents were injured when the motorcycle driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and entered the ditch, at Highway 35 and County Road VV in the town of Trenton.

  • A Minnesota man was hospitalized after his motorcycle struck a guardrail and he was ejected Saturday, May 7. He was negotiating a curve on a 2006 Harley Davidson Super Glide while headed northbound on County Road O near 480th Avenue when he lost control and hit the guardrail.

  • A Red Wing man was airlifted from the scene of a motorcycle crash Sunday, May 22 in the town of Diamond Bluff. He was northbound on County Road O, one-half a mile north of Highway 35, when he came to a corner too fast, lost control and crashed. He was not wearing a helmet. He was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered a large cut on his head. He was airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester by North Memorial Air. Speed was a factor.

  • A Minneapolis man was airlifted from the scene of a crash Saturday, May 21 in the town of Trimbelle that landed him in one ditch and the motorcycle in the other. He was northbound on County Road OO just north of 410th Avenue. when he crested a hill and lost control due to his speed. He crashed and was ejected, landing in the ditch.

  • A man and woman from the Twin Cities died in the Town of Ellsworth on Memorial Day after their motorcycle struck a vehicle that was attempting to turn east off Hwy. 10. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. Both riders were ejected on impact.

  • A Blaine, Minn., man was killed near Prescott when his motorcycle struck a guardrail Sunday, June 5. He was heading northbound on Highway 35 near 480th Avenue on a 2016 Harley Davidson at when he lost control and struck a guardrail. His injuries were fatal. He was wearing a helmet.

Not all the motorcyclists in these crashes were at fault. But some were. Not wearing helmets and/or speeding through winding roads they may not be familiar with played a part in all this.

If you’re riding a motorcycle, wear a helmet, don’t drink and don’t speed. It’s that simple. No one wants to hear about another motorcycle death. Your families want you to come home safely.

That being said, motorists need to keep an eye out for motorcycles. Pay attention. Let’s share the roads safely.