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Motorcyclist killed after hitting deer in southern Minnesota

The crash occurred northeast of Zumbro Falls late Monday night.

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WABASHA COUNTY, Minn. — A man was killed after hitting a deer northeast of Zumbro Falls in Wabasha County Monday.

Just before 11:30 p.m., the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash where a motorcycle hit a deer at the intersection of Wabasha County Road 17 and 335th Avenue, according to Sheriff Rodney Bartsh.

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The motorcyclist, 51-year-old Daran Merle Atkinson, of Lake City, died at the scene after deputies initiated CPR.

The passenger, Lori Schueller of Lake City, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

According to the sheriff’s office, this is the fifth fatal crash in Wabasha County this year and the second fatal crash involving a deer.

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