Motorcyclist thrown from bike in crash dies 2 days later, officials say

Motorcyclist thrown from bike in crash dies 2 days later, officials say
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A 26-year-old man has died two days after he was thrown from a motorcycle in a crash in Grant County, officials said.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a 66-year-old Lancaster woman was driving south on Highway 61 on Saturday at about 10 a.m. when a car in front of her slowed to turn onto Stage Road.

The woman slowed behind the red car and saw in her rearview mirror a white truck behind her and a motorcycle behind the white truck. The woman told deputies that as the red car turned south, she moved to the left to pass the red car in a passing zone.

James Giesen, of Cassville, who was driving his 2015 Yamaha motorcycle, passed the white truck and
struck the woman’s vehicle in the back on the left side, according to the report. Giesen was thrown from the motorcycle.

The woman whose vehicle was struck was wearing her seatbelt and wasn’t injured, the sheriff’s office said.

Giesen told deputies he doesn’t wear a helmet, the sheriff’s office said. Giesen was taken to the Grant Regional Health Center by the Lancaster Rescue Squad, and later taken by Med Flight to another hospital. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office said Giesen died at UW Hospital “due to complications from his injuries.”

Officials said the crash remains under investigation.

The crash Saturday is the third fatal crash in Grant County this year, with a total of four people killed, the sheriff’s office said.

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