GENOLA-A Rice man was killed and his passenger seriously injured when the Harley Davidson motorcycle they were on collided with a deer at 6:03 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, southeast of Genola.

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office responded to the motorcycle crash on Partridge Road, south of 113th Street in Hillman Township. It was reported Jay Saldana, 53, Rice, was traveling west on Partridge Road when he tried to avoid a deer while driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Saldana and his passenger, Kim Gross, 52, St. Cloud, were both thrown from the motorcycle after colliding with the deer. Saldana was transported by Life Link III to St. Cloud Hospital where he later died from his injuries. Gross was transported by North Air Care to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale where she was in serious condition Monday. Both parties were not wearing a helmet.

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Pierz First Response Team, Pierz Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, North Air Care, Life Link III and Gold Cross Ambulance.