One Killed, Lori Danielson Injured in Motorcycle Accident on MN-42 in Eyota
Eyota, MN -- May 12, 2022, a 49-year-old motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was critically injured in a crash with a semi-truck on Highway 42 in Eyota Township.
Authorities say the incident happened Thursday along Minnesota 42 near 19th Street Southeast. Preliminary investigation suggests the victims were riding a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle north when they collided for unknown reasons with a northbound Volvo semi-truck on the highway.
The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries in the crash. His passenger, 48-year-old Lori Ann Jean Danielson, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on MN-42 in Eyota
Some may be tempted to jump to conclusions after a crash like this. Even with very little specific information about what happened on Route 42, some readers will decide for themselves that the motorcycle operator is to blame. They might point fingers at speeding, distraction, driver fatigue, or other common causes found in similar accidents, though nothing specific has been suggested by those in charge of the investigation.
The tendency to make such assumptions is often most obvious after motorcycle accidents, as both the court of public opinion and sometimes even investigators themselves aren't always kind to their riders. I see all the time how folks don't wait for pesky things like "evidence" or "thorough investigation" before blaming the motorcyclist. That's an unfair bias riders and their loved ones often have to face after accidents--one trucking companies often use to their advantage to make sure none of the blame rests with them--and it's one of the many reasons I so strongly advocate for independent investigations.
I'm not trying to say motorcyclists are incapable of error; history is unfortunately full of evidence to the contrary. My point is more that all kinds of possible factors can lead to a crash like this, and more than a few of the riders in those reports were blamed for speeding or unsafe traffic behavior when all they really did was choose two wheels over four.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I know I feel more comfortable when those in charge of investigations like this harbor no such negative biases. That's a crucial step toward ensuring the victim's loved ones get the answers they deserve.