A woman was seriously injured Saturday night in a motorcycle crash on Highway 8 in Polk County. According to an article by Hudson Patch, the woman is a 36-year-old from Minnesota.
She was a passenger on the motorcycle and sustained life-threatening injuries after the driver crashed on a roundabout. The driver of the motorcycle has since been charged in connection to the crash.
Police have identified the woman as 36-year-old Jennifer Bisel.
“According to police, on April 22, at 10:30 pm, a motorcycle with two occupants was westbound on Highway 8 in Polk County, when the operator failed to negotiate the roundabout at the intersection of Highway 46 southbound,” Hudson Patch reports.
Police told the media that the motorcycle ran through the grass section of the center mound of the roundabout, causing the driver to lose control and crash on the back side of the center mound. Both the driver and Bisel were injured as a result of the crash.
“The passenger, Jennifer Bisel, was airlifted and the operator was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN,” the article reads.
The driver of the motorcycle was arrested and charged as a result of the crash and neither of the occupants of the motorcycle was believed to be wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The driver of the motorcycle reportedly sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.
The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel published an article in 2015 showing that state records reported fatal motorcycle crashes were up 15 percent compared to the year before.
“There have been 39 motorcyclist fatalities in the first six months of the year, up from 34 for the same period in 2014. If the pattern holds, state officials say, this could be the deadliest year for motorcycle crashes since 2012, when 44 people were killed in the first six months of the year and 112 died in the 12-month period.”
The numbers had fallen to 83 deaths in 2013 and 67 in 2014.
Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 2,376 motorcycle crashes were reported to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, an average of 91 motorcyclists died each year, and an average of 2,161 motorcyclists were injured on Wisconsin roads.
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