The victim of a fatal motorcycle crash in Gnesen Township on Thursday morning has been identified.
Benjamin Scott Jones, 24, of Rice Lake Township, died after his motorcycle struck a sport utility vehicle on Rice Lake Road just before 11 a.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office said Jones was traveling north when he tried to pass the SUV just as it made a left turn into the Gnesen General Store driveway.
The motorcycle and the SUV went into a ditch. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet. The SUV’s driver also was hurt, but the injuries were not life-threatening, the sheriff’s office said.