Two helmetless riders injured in Rochester-area crashes over weekend

(ABC 6 News) – Rochester-area law enforcement reported crashes Friday and Saturday that resulted in injuries to helmetless riders.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office cited a driver for failure to use due care after a motorcycle crash with serious injuries Friday afternoon.

According to Capt. Tim Parkin, deputies responded to the intersection of 18th Avenue SW and 40th Street SW at about 3:45 p.m. July 21.

A 70-year-old man was driving a motorcycle on 40th Street when a driver in a van allegedly pulled out in front of him.

The man crashed into the van and was taken to St. Mary’s with serious injuries to his head, arms, and legs, Parkin said.

The man was not wearing a helmet.

No one was arrested and Parkin said the OCSO does not suspect that substance use played a role in the crash.

A Rochester woman was taken to the hospital Saturday with suspected serious injuries after a moped crash Saturday.

According to Capt. Casey Moilanen, a 37-year-old Rochester woman on a 92 Honda CH80 moped was driving southbound on 8th Avenue SE, and stopped at the intersection of 12th St. SE at about 6:15 p.m., while all the stoplights were flashing red.

After yielding to traffic, the woman proceeded through the intersection, where a 26-year-old Austin woman in a Ford car crashed into her, Moilanen said.

The Austin woman had not stopped at the light, and was ticketed for failure to stop.

The Rochester woman was not wearing a helmet, Moilanen said. Her condition was unknown Monday.