Motorcyclist involved in serious crash near Pine River dies

A Pine River motorcyclist who was involved in a serious accident a week ago has now died.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 63-year-old Gene Walters died after the motorcycle he was riding struck another motorcycle on Highway 84 near Pine River on April 14.

The State Patrol says both motorcycles were eastbound on the highway when the other motorcycle slowed and turned south on Kent Street. That’s when the motorcycle driven by Walters sideswiped the motorcycle as it tried to turn.

The driver of the other motorcycle, 62-year-old Brian Ekstrand of Pine River, and a passenger, 59-year-old Tamera Smith of Pine River, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

According to the State Patrol report, no alcohol was involved in the crash and none of the three people involved in the crash were wearing helmets.