Motorcyclists Involved in Several Crashes around Region

A motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 169 at Bass Lake Road early Friday. Photo: KSTP/Chris Knoll
A motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 169 at Bass Lake Road early Friday.

October 20, 2017 01:03 PM

A number of motorcyclists suffered injuries in a series of separate incidents Thursday afternoon into Friday morning.

North Branch police say alcohol appears to be a factor in a crash that sent a motorcycle driver and passenger to the hospital Thursday night.


The 54-year-old male driver and the 56-year-old female passenger were not wearing helmets when the motorcycle crossing Falcon Avenue struck a combine, according to authorities. The two were unresponsive when first responders arrived at the scene.

Police identified the two as James Kevin Gervais of North Branch and Denise Marie Ellingworth of Forest Lake Friday afternoon. Gervais is listed in critical condition. Ellingworth is listed in stable condition.

RELATED: Police say Alcohol Appears to be Factor in North Branch Combine-Motorcycle Crash

Earlier Thursday, another motorcycle driver, 59-year-old Timothy Mutch of Bloomington, suffered serious injuries after a one-vehicle crash in Gilmanton, Wisconsin.

The Buffalo County Sheriff's Department reported receiving a 911 call about the incident around 2:06 p.m. Thursday. Deputies arrived on the scene and found Mutch, who was said to have been traveling northbound on State Highway 88 when he lost control of a 2008 Honda motorcycle.

He then entered a northbound ditch and struck a tree. He was transported by air to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. A release said speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

The matter remains under investigation.

Then, early Friday morning, a motorcycle was involved in a crash on Highway 169 at Bass Lake Road in Plymouth.

State patrol spokesperson Lt. Tiffani Nielson said the crash occurred around 2:41 a.m. A motorcyclist driving northbound struck a deer. The driver was wearing a helmet and protective clothing and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Nielson said the driver was ejected from the motorcycle, and a second vehicle struck the motorcycle while it was laying in the lane.

The driver was taken to North Memorial with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.


Frank Rajkowski

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