St. Croix County crash leaves man, 33, dead

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A Star Prairie man died Sunday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash two days earlier in rural St. Croix County.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 33-year-old Reed C. Shipley, the driver of a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that crashed at 6:14 p.m. Friday, March 31, at County Road CC and Wall Street in the town of Star Prairie.

According to a news release, Shipley was southbound on Wall Street when a Chevy Impala driven by 38-year-old Angela M. Berg, heading east on County Road CC, entered the intersection.

Berg, of Somerset, reportedly did not see Shipley’s motorcycle, which had been behind a truck at the intersection. The traffic encounter caused Shipley to brake, lose control of the motorcycle and crash, the release states.

Shipley, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was taken to Westfields Hospital in New Richmond before being transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died on Sunday, April 2.

Neither Berg nor her three passengers, children ages 4-12, were injured in the incident, which did not involve contact between her Impala and the motorcycle.

New Richmond police, firefighters and EMS crews assisted deputies at the scene, along with Star Prairie first responders.

The crash, St. Croix County’s third traffic fatality of 2017, remains under investigation.