Lake Elmo boy, 9, dies from motorcycle crash injuries

A Lake Elmo boy has died from injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash that took place on state Highway 5 Sept. 4.

About 5:40 p.m. that day, a 46-year-old motorcyclist pulled off the roadway to the shoulder near 31st Avenue North to “address a mechanical issue” with his machine when the boy, Pierre LeQue, reportedly came out from a driveway on his bicycle, colliding with the motorcycle, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

It is unclear how fast either individual was moving at the time of the accident, as well as if either was wearing a helmet. However, the report indicated speeding was not a factor in the crash.

Both LeQue and the motorcyclist are Lake Elmo residents. There was no alcohol detected in the motorcyclist’s system, the report stated.

The boy was transported to the hospital, where his parents requested his condition not be released to the public. A note sent home with LeQue’s fourth-grade classmates at Red Rock Elementary School in Woodbury says he was taken off life support systems Sept. 11.

An obituary for the boy says he was an “avid Packers fan” and enjoyed being active. A memorial service was held Sept. 15.

Although speeding wasn’t a factor in this collision, the road’s overall safety has been an ongoing local concern. Highway 5 is a popular shortcut between Interstate 694 and state Highway 36, and residents have complained at Lake Elmo City Council meetings about motorists exceeding the speed limit and poor visibility at night.

City officials are working to improve road conditions with a resurfacing project this fall that will narrow the lanes, which the Minnesota Department of Transportation hopes will slow down traffic.

— Johanna Holub

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