A 59-year-old man was killed on Interstate 94 west of Monticello shortly after noon Sunday after he rear-ended a vehicle in front of him.
Steven M. Hanson, of Alexandria, was severely injured when he failed to stop his 1982 Honda motorcycle in time and he rear-neded a Honda CR-V driven by 45-year-old Cheryl A. Sobiech-Rauf of Burnsville. Sobiech Rauf and her passenger, an 11-year-old girl, were not injured in the accident.
Hanson was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he later died, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He was not, according to the State Patrol’s report, wearing a helmet.
Traffic was busy as multiple drivers headed into the Twin Cities as the weekend drew to a close. Construction farther east on the freeway also caused stop-and-go driving.
The accident backed up freeway traffic for miles as investigators cleared the scene and reconstructed the crash.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Department and CentraCare Ambulance assisted at the scene.
Teen Cyclist Injured in Buffalo
A teen-aged boy was also injured in an accident on Highway 25 in downtown Buffalo when he was struck by a driver making a turn at Fifth Street Northwest.
Matthew Klatt, age 14, was injured as he biked through the crosswalk. As he crossed, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado turning from westbound Fifth Street heading north onto Highway 25 clipped the biker. The driver, 48-year-old Wendy Kohls of Delano, was not hurt in the incident.
Klatt’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, according to the State Patrol report.