Motorcyclist killed on Paul Bunyan Drive

A motorcyclist was killed yesterday evening on Paul Bunyan Drive.

According to a release from Bemidji Police Captain David LaZella, officers responded to the 1700 block of Paul Bunyan Drive around 7 p.m. and found that a westbound 2000 Suzuki motorcycle collided with an eastbound GMC pickup.

The motorcyclist was declared dead at the Sanford Medical Center, despite lifesaving measures. The pickup driver was uninjured.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Bemidji Police Department with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol.  Also assisting on scene were the Bemidji Ambulance Service, Bemidji Fire Department, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Border Patrol.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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