BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — A Lakeville man is dead after he veered off the road on his motorcycle Monday night.

Melvin Schermann, 51, was riding his motorcycle in the right lane, headed south on Interstate 35W in Burnsville around 8 p.m. when the motorcycle went off the road, striking a guard rail.

Schermann was thrown from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Schermann was transferred to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville where he was pronounced dead.

The Minnesota State Patrol continues to investigate the accident.

Comments (8)
  1. Middle of the road says:

    Why was his helmet status mentioned? If you hit a guard rail at 60 MPH in a car, let alone on a motor cycle, someone very well may die. If this is such critical information to share, then why do we not mention when people die in car crashes if they were wearing a helmet or not? This constant lobbying for more government intervention in my freedoms is annoying at best. Rest in Peace and may his family find comfort in knowing that he was doing what he enjoyed when called home.

    1. Tom L says:

      oh, I dunno Middle, prolly because it has something to do with statistics and probabilities and what not as compared to being inside a vehicle, you know where air bags and such are readily available should a crash occur where not so much on a motorcycle.

      I should write my government and vehicle manufacturers and tell them to quit spending my tax dollars caring so much for me and quit with the airbags. YOU however still get the choice of wearing a helmet to give yourself as a rider at least a fighting chance should you or your motorcycle inadvertently decide to run into inanimate objects on the road.

      1. ridefree says:

        then everytime someone in a car or truck gets into an accident, they should always have to include whether or not they were wearing a seat belt, or were texting, on the cell phone etc. Enough with the “was not wearing a helmet” line in these stories unless it actually had something to do with the injuries. News reports wont change someones mind about wearing one or not.

        1. Alan says:

          the line was not wearing a helmet typically implies that the person was killed due to a head injury. Just to let you know notes about the person not wearing a seat belt or about weather or not the person was likely texting during a fatal car accident Usually DO make it into stories like this. These things are listed on accident reports. none the less my condolences go out to the family of the man that died monday night

  2. Mike says:

    Another family and/or friends grieving. There isn’t enough information in the article to tell if a helmet would have made a difference but family and friends are left wondering and perhaps an employer is missing a great employee. Please wear a helmet and improve your chances of surviving an accident. My condolences to all who will miss Mr. Schermann.

  3. Mark says:

    maybe it’s because they don’t have a Trauma center???

  4. Mark Listrud says:

    Oops to previous message, i meant Trauma surgeon…

  5. sporty007 says:

    Apparently god had other plans for this gentlemen. As far as the helmt status goes – in this case it really wouldn’t have mattered – if he’d had one on the artlcle probably wouldn’t have mentioned it. I ride and I choose to wear a helmet, but I know full well that in most cases it won’t save my life or if it does it’s a life I don’t want. May his family find comfort in the memories they have of him.

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