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Published June 19, 2012, 10:26 AM

Fargo man injured in motorcycle-semi crash dies

FARGO – A Fargo man injured in a crash between a motorcycle and semi truck earlier this month in south Fargo has died, Fargo police said this morning in a news release.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM, Forum Staff Reports, inforum.com

FARGO – A Fargo man injured in a crash between a motorcycle and semi truck earlier this month in south Fargo has died, Fargo police said this morning in a news release.

Jason Viestenz, 29, died at Essentia Health in Fargo, where he had been listed in critical condition after the crash at about 7 a.m. June 4 on 25th Street South near Interstate 94.

Viestenz’s 10 year-old son was a passenger on the bike when it collided with the semi. The boy was wearing a helmet, but his father was not, police said. The boy was treated and released from Essentia the day of the crash.

Lt. Joel Vettel has said both vehicles were heading south on 25th Street South when the accident occurred. The semi was swinging to the left to create enough clearance to make a right-hand turn on 23rd Avenue South, Vettel said. It was being followed by an oversized-load warning vehicle, he said.

As the truck tried to make the right-hand turn, the motorcycle, which was originally in the left lane, moved into the right lane, passing the warning vehicle at 30 to 40 mph, Vettel said.

The motorcycle continued in the right lane and tried to pass the semi on the right as it was making its right-hand turn, Vettel said.

The motorcycle then collided with the passenger-side front quarter panel on the semi, Vettel said.

James T. Toner, 55, of Long Prairie, Minn., was the driver of the truck.

Vettel said the crash remains under investigation.

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