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For many reasons it is not unusual to see increased highway deaths over holiday weekends. More people on the road, parties, and maybe just a sense of freedom increasing the speeds. Hopefully, this weekend will be different:

  • Friday afternoon, a Wabasha man was killed as he turned onto Highway 60.
  • Thursday night, a off duty Lakeville police officer was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle and hit his head. The cause is still being investigated.
  • Wednesday night, a Edina man was killed on Vernan street.
  • Monday night, a 44-year-old Mazeppa man was killed in a rollover accident on U.S. 63 about three miles southwest of Lake City. His vehicle drifted off the road and hit a rock wall.
  • (update) Wednesday afternoon, a Kimbell man was killed when he was rear ended by a truck on Highway 55.

Our sympathy goes out to each of their family and friends. This is not a good start for the weekend or the month.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are many issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in an article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was also interviewed on the same topic.

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