Harley rider dies from complications

Crash was near Osceola

 Donald “Don” Heider, the driver of a Harley motor trike that crashed near Osceola two weeks ago, died July 1 from injuries related to the accident. 

“It’s not the ending that we wanted,” a family member told the Sun. “We were hoping he would pull through.”

Heider, 86 years old and a longtime Harley-Davidson rider, broke bones in his chest and body and received cuts on his face and head in the June 21 crash at the intersection of highways 243 and 95. 

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the Harley Davidson was stopped at the stop sign on Highway 243, facing northwest. Heider proceeded across Highway 95 and was struck by a southbound Honda.

He was flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, but did not regain consciousness before he died from an infection related to the injuries.

His grandson, who was on the motor trike when it crashed, was also treated at Regions and later released.

“He was such a caring and giving guy,” said the family member. “That man would literally give you the shirt off his back.”

The family is planning a memorial service in late July.

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