St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota has been experiencing a spike in the number of motorcycle related fatalities this year.

The State Department of Public Safety says 25 people have been killed in motorcycle crashes since the beginning of the year. Officials note that is up 56-percent when compared to the number of motorcycle deaths reported through the middle of June last year.

There were at least two fatal motorcycle crashes in the State on Thursday and six people have died as a result of motorcycle crashes in just the past week.

On Thursday, a 53-year-old St. Cloud area man died after he crashed his motorcycle while attempting to flee from deputies in Stearns County. The State Patrol says Jeffrey Wiener was thrown off the motorcycle when he lost control and crashed into a ditch.

Another motorcyclist was killed Thursday in Sibley County. Officials say the victim was driving a motorcycle that collided with a deer on a rural highway near Henderson. His name has not been released.

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