Bike and motorcycle awareness month off to fatal start

Bicyclist is killed in Oakdale, motorcyclist dies in Maplewood 


May is both bicycle and motorcycle awareness month, an effort to stop springtime crashes that occur as people head out to ride as the weather turns nicer.

There were two such crashes to start the month in the Review area — one involving a bicyclist in Oakdale, another involving a motorcyclist in Maplewood. Both were fatal.

The bicyclist was killed May 3 at around 4 p.m. in Oakdale after being struck by a driver in an SUV while heading east on Highway 36 at Hadley Avenue. John Ewers, 51, of White Bear Lake, died at the scene, according to The Minnesota State Patrol.

In Maplewood, shortly before 5 p.m. on May 4, a motorcyclist heading south on Highway 61 lost control approaching a red light at County Road B. Donald Nordquist, a 68-year-old from St. Paul, was ejected from the motorcycle and killed. 

The Maplewood Department of Public Safety noted that bicyclists and motorcyclists follow “most of the same laws” as four-wheeled vehicles on the road. 

“Please obey the rules of the road for your own safety, as well as the safety of other motorists,” the department said in a Facebook post, while asking those driving cars and other motor vehicles to be vigilant. 


—Solomon Gustavo

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