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Brainerd man injured in motorcycle versus vehicle crash

Brainerd man injured in motorcycle versus vehicle crash

A 63-year-old Brainerd man was injured Friday after the motorcycle he was driving crashed with another vehicle on Highway 18 in Oak Lawn Township, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Leslie George Peck was taken to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd where he was treated and then released.

It was reported that a vehicle driven by Edvin L. Sjolin, 51, Hanover, who was not injured, was westbound on Highway 18, while another vehicle was stopped in the westbound lane waiting to make a left turn on Two Mile Road. Sjolin reported to the state patrol that Peck’s motorcycle was in front of him and had braked quickly, so he had to brake quickly to avoid colliding with the motorcycle. He looked in his rear view mirror and saw the vehicle that was going to turn braking hard and skidding so he accelerated up the right turn lane to get out of the way but wasn’t able to in time. Peck’s motorcycle ran into the right rear corner of Sjolin’s vehicle.

Peck told officers that he didn’t see Sjolin’s vehicle’s brake lights until the last second and as he braked he went to the right turn lane to avoid colliding with the vehicle. However, he couldn’t get around the vehicle.

The crash was reported at 4:27 p.m.

The Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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