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Brainerd Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash with Vehicle

A Brainerd man was injured in a motorcycle versus vehicle crash.

The 63-year-old man was injured after a motorcycle crash that involved a vehicle on Highway 18, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Leslie George Peck was transported to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and then released.

It was reported that a vehicle was driving westbound on Highway 18, while another was stopped in the westbound lane waiting to make a left turn. The vehicle that was headed westbound was driven by Edvin L. Sjolin, 51. He said that Peck’s motorcycle was in front of him and had to brake quickly and hard, so Sjolin braked quickly to avoid colliding with Peck’s motorcycle. When Sjolin looked in his rearview mirror and saw that a vehicle that was going to turn was braking hard and skidding, Sjolin accelerated up the right turn late to move out of the way, but he was unable to in time. This is when Peck’s motorcycle ran into Sjolin’s vehicle.

Peck told police that he did not see Sjolin’s brake lights until right before he hit him and that he was braking hard to avoid colliding with the car and found himself in the right turn lane to avoid colliding with the car. He said he couldn’t get around the vehicle and that is why he ran into the right rear corner of the vehicle.

Sjolin was not injured in the auto accident.

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