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Crash Kills Motorcyclist In Apple Valley, Driver In Custody

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities said a 29-year-old motorcyclist is dead and a driver is in custody after a two-vehicle crash in Apple Valley Thursday night.

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident at about 7:50 p.m. Thursday at 160th Street and Harwell Avenue West. When authorities arrived, there had been a crash between one vehicle and a motorcycle.

Authorities said the motorcycle was traveling westbound on 160th Street in the right lane and a Ford Taurus was heading eastbound and making a left turn onto Harwell Avenue when it cross in front of the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.

(credit: Carlton McMillan)

(credit: Carlton McMillan)

Authorities said the driver of the vehicle appears to have been drinking and was impaired at the time of the crash. The driver, identified as 44-year-old Leah Marie Colwell of Apple Valley, was booked in the Dakota County Jail on charges of criminal vehicular homicide, driving while impaired, driving after cancellation and an open bottle.

The crash is still under investigation, and authorities have not yet released the victim’s name.

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