Man Dies After Falling Off Motorcycle Near Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) — A 52-year-old man is dead after falling off his motorcycle on Highway 169, near Blue Earth County Road 33.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the man fell off the bike around 6:24 p.m. Saturday, as it was heading east on Highway 169. Police believe the man, from Mankato, may have had a medical condition, which caused the accident.

The Blue Earth County coroner is investigating his death.

The man’s name has not been released, pending family notification.

  • thumbody

    I am not a motorcycle rider but often wondered, is it not dangerous to ride now because of all of the sand on the roads? A lot of accidents seem to happen in the spring when the roads still have sand from the winter season. Not saying that is what happened hear but I have observed that over the years.

  • Bryson Powers

    The tires might not grip as well if it’s cold.

  • Another Bob

    Was he wearing a helmet? Old guy finally buys that first bike and has no riding skills. I’ve been riding since 1976. If you have the skills it’s no problem. No one should be able to buy a bike over 500cc for the first 5 years of their license.

    The tires may be “cold” and there is lots of sand and dirt on the road. Skills will teach you to handle the situation.

    • Georgie

      The article did not say anything about his death being casued by a head injury or that it was a “new” bike rider and not having experience. As far as not being able to buy a bike over 500cc is like saying people can not buy certain vechiles for 5 years of their licensure!

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      Few 52 year olds are first time riders. Very few.

    • ScooterBob

      I totally agree with all of the above – I’ve been riding since the early ’70’s as well …. and I DO think a restriction on the bikes’ size should be used when getting a license. It works that way in most of the REST of the world ….

  • John

    Yes. The roads are hazardous until the street sweepers remove the salt & sand.

  • R

    The report indicated that the gentleman fell off the bike and was killed.
    It did not say that the bike slid or anything else.

    As the report indicated, it is possible that the gentleman died before falling off of the bike due to a medial condition.

  • The Crux of the Biscuit

    I’m suprised more accidents don’t happen with the over 50 riders due to medical issues. Having had a heart attack myself, I would never ride a motorcycle just in case I had some sort of cardiac event. Driving a car would be bad enough but at least I won’t fall off of that. With luck I could pull over and stop before I or someone else was hurt.

    • Becky

      oh lord, I bet you missed out on a whole lot in life with your ‘just in case’ approach

  • keith

    Really a poor article remember basic journalism? Who what where when and how we have none of that, just a” man fell off a motorcycle” with a picture of an engine.
    why did they even print it there is really no information.

  • Old Lady

    Holy Crap! Since when is 52 considered “old guy” and people over 50 should stop doing things because they might have a medical condition. I’m not sure what you people have done to yourselves but this grandma and grandpa still ride our cycle, still ride our sleds, still play league volleyball, still run 5k’s, etc. I didn’t even know I was too old to be doing this stuff until I read these comments.

  • kelly

    Who: a 52 yr old man (name withheld pending notifying relatives)
    What: is dead dead after falling off his motorcycle
    When: around 6:24pm Saturday
    Where: HWY 169 near Blue Earth County Rd 33

    Did you want a picture of his dead body? Please

  • ohoh

    I think he hit a pot hole. rip

  • George

    Is he officially the first motorcycle rider to die in Minnesota this year? I read about so many of them each year dying. I have friends who are bikers and I always worry about them, as a few have been in accidents and one died, much like this gentleman, all by himself when he went off the roadway.

  • Todd

    People… Please have some respect! Accidents happen and it doesn’t help to point fingers and make assumptions! My condolences to family and friends.

  • Ready, set, go!

    All right everybody, listen up! We need to handle this properly. In case there is or might be any discrimination, we need to get Al Sharpton here to review what happened. We have to organize a protest march so somebody call rent-a-riot Jesse Jackson to get that moving along. Also, did the police and rescue personnel respond properly, promptly, and were they adequately trained? In case there is a feminine connection, we need to retain Gloria Allred to handle potential lawsuits. Oh yes, and we need Obama to declare a humanitarian action too.

  • Brother

    This was my brother who died yesterday. He was a very experienced rider who had been riding motorcycles for more than 25 years and ALWAYS wore his helmet. He suffered a heart attack while riding and pulled over to the side of the road before he passed away.

    Some people need to keep thier uneducated, uninformed and insensitive comments to themselves.

    • Macy

      My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this terrible time. I’m glad you spoke up on here…I don’t think people realize that family and friends read these and can be hurt by the insensitive, rude and mean comments. The judging and rude remarks need to end, it doesn’t do anything but hurt those that are already suffering. God bless you and your family.

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