Preliminary figures from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety show 301 people have died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1, compared to 313 last year at this time.

  • The state reported 300 deaths on Oct. 29 in 2019; 300 deaths were reported on Oct. 22 in 2018.

 

Recent Deaths on Minnesota Roads Include:

  • A woman driving a van was killed when she struck a truck that had pulled out from a stop sign while crossing a highway in Crow Wing County.
  • A distracted driver hit and killed a pedestrian who was on the highway just north of an unlit intersection in Itasca County.
  • A female motorcycle passenger was killed in Sherburne County when the motorcycle overturned as the driver was negotiating a curve. Neither rider wore a helmet and alcohol may have been a factor.

 

The 301 Fatalities Include:

  • 204 motor vehicle occupants compared with 195 reported this time last year.
  • 43 motorcyclists compared with 58 reported this time last year.
  • 34 pedestrians compared with 31 reported this time last year.
  • 8 bicyclists compared with 6 reported this time last year.
  • 45 deaths involving crashes with heavy vehicle trucks.
  • 143 single-vehicle crashes.
  • 155 multi-vehicle crashes.

 

Bad Choices. Tragic Results.

Alcohol, distraction, speed and no seat belts continue to contribute to the loss of life in 2019. Preliminary information shows:

  • 79 alcohol-related deaths (26 percent).
  • 26 distracted-related deaths (9 percent).
  • 60 speed-related deaths (20 percent).
  • 60 unbelted motorist deaths (29 percent).