By: Larissa Donovan, News Director.
BEMIDJI— A 62-year-old Bemidji woman died Wednesday evening after a fatal motorcycle crash on the intersection of Paul Bunyan Drive and 23rd Street SE.
According to a release from Beltrami County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ernie Bietel, Vicki Inkel was riding her 2012 BMW motorcycle in the northbound lane on Paul Bunyan Drive. She was struck by an eastbound cargo van, driven by 54-year-old Thomas Kern of Bemidji.
The preliminary investigation determined that neither alcohol nor cell phones were factors in the crash.
The deadly crash is pending further investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and the Beltrami County Coroner’s Office.