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Two Minnesotans are dead after their Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with an SUV in western Wisconsin on Memorial Day.
According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, the motorcycle was being operated by James Marinaro, 58, of New Brighton, and was traveling westbound on Highway 10 with passenger Denise Thomas, 52, of Blaine.
At 6 p.m., a Ford Explorer being driven by a 20-year-old female from Ellsworth, Wis., was traveling eastbound on Highway 10 and attempted to make a left hand turn onto 450th Avenue in Ellsworth Township.
"Marinaro struck the Ford Explorer as it was attempting to make the turn," the Pierce County Sheriff's Office stated. "Marinaro and his female passenger were both ejected upon impact. The motorcycle and automobile started on fire as well."
Both Marinaro and Thomas were pronounced dead on scene by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. The young woman was transported by ambulance to the River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries.
Officials did not disclose whether or not the victims were wearing helmets. At this time, it's unknown whether alcohol was a factor.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Coincidentally, May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to WisDOT, 81 motorcycle riders and passengers died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last year.
"Drivers can easily misjudge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle because of its smaller dimensions," said David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "To prevent crashes, drivers should check the position of a motorcycle at least two or three times before they proceed through an intersection or make a turn."
Pabst said motorcyclists should always wear clothing and gear that is protective and conspicuous, including a helmet that meets or exceeds U.S. Department of Transportation standards.
"Tragically, approximately two out of three motorcyclists who died in crashes from 2010 to 2014 were not wearing helmets," Pabst said.
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