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Minn. has one of its most-deadly weekends on roads in months as 11 die

ST. PAUL -- Eleven people were killed, including five on motorcycles, over the Father’s Day weekend, making it the deadliest weekend on Minnesota roads in the past 19 months, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Monday, June 18.

An off-duty Blaine police officer and his wife were killed in one of the eight fatal crashes. Steve and Susie Nanney, both 51, of Ham Lake, died Friday night when their motorcycle collided with a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old in Elk River.

Robert Schmidt, a 55-year-old Ham Lake man, died late Friday night when his motorcycle hit a concrete barrier in Brooklyn Center. His passenger, Toni Schmidt, 33, was injured. In another motorcycle crash, Corey Ray Jones, 48, of Robbinsdale, was killed in Bloomington.

Numbers show 33 people have died in the first three weeks of the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads (Memorial Day – Labor Day). That’s 23 percent of all traffic fatalities so far in 2018. So far, 146 people have died on Minnesota roads in 2018 compared with 137 at this time last year, the Department of Public Safety said.

The 11 fatalities were the most in one weekend since Oct. 14-16, 2016.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press contributed to this report

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