ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Public safety officials say a 53-year-old man who crashed his motorcycle in Sherburne County over the weekend is Minnesota’s first motorcycle fatality of 2015.
The sheriff’s office says the man was riding on a county road in Santiago Township around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when he ran off the road and hit a mailbox.READ MORE: Kim Potter Trial, Nov. 30 Live Updates: Jury Selection Begins
Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet. The preliminary investigation shows speed apparently was a factor.
Last year, Minnesota’s first motorcycle fatality of the season happened March 11.READ MORE: For His 22nd Birthday, Former Gopher Rashod Bateman Bought A Car... For His Mom
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists to watch carefully for motorcycles, and for riders to wear brightly-colored protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet.
According to preliminary reports, there were 44 motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota in 2014. That’s down from 60 fatalities in 2013.MORE NEWS: Most Americans Rank Buying A Home Over Getting Married
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