Motorcycle collision with deer in central Minn. kills 1, seriously injures another

August 20, 2018

A motorcycle struck a deer around dawn on a central Minnesota road, and the collision killed the operator and injured his passenger, authorities said Monday.

The crash occurred shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday in Hillman Township, according to the Morrison County Sheriffs Office.

Jay Saldana, 53, of Rice, Minn., was traveling west along a curve on Partridge Road, where he hit the deer, the Sheriffs Office said.

Saldana and his passenger, 52-year-old Kim Gross of St. Cloud, were both thrown from the motorcycle.

Saldana died at a St. Cloud hospital, while Gross was being treated Monday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for serious injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The two riders were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482

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