Riponite dies in crash

Dodge County Sheriff's Department photo of the motorcycle involved in the crash.

A Ripon motorcyclist is dead from what authorities are calling an “unsafe lane change” and not wearing a helmet in a crash in Dodge County.

The 63-year-old male of rural Ripon was the lone operator of a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle heading south Tuesday morning on Highway 151 near Hemlock Road in the town of Trenton. His name has not yet been released.

According to law enforcement, a rural Randolph man was driving a 2012 Toyota SUV southbound on Highway 151. The SUV merged onto the highway from the County Road A on-ramp and was attempting to change lanes to turn east onto Hemlock Road.

According to witness statements, the Harley Davidson had changed lanes from the right outside lane to the left inside lane as the Toyota SUV entered Highway 151 from County Road A.

The SUV then merged to the left, inside lane of Highway 151 into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcycle then struck the left, front quarter panel and tire of the Toyota SUV.

The motorcycle overturned in the paved median of Highway 151 at the intersection with Hemlock Road, struck a curb and entered the grassy median just south of Hemlock Road.

The motorcycle operator was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest approximately 10 feet beyond the final rest of the motorcycle. He suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was not transported from the scene. The operator of the Toyota SUV and his female passenger were uninjured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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