The names have been released of a man and woman who were involved in a motorcycle crash on Wednesday afternoon, May 12.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department said the driver, Richard Knoll, 63, of Rice Lake, was killed in the crash. Lois Allen, 72, of Rice Lake, was flown from the scene to an area hospital with serious but not lifethreatening injuries.
The crash was reported at 3:09 p.m. on Wednesday. The initial crash investigation showed that Knoll and Allen were riding a three-wheel motorcycle (trike) on northbound Hwy. 53 when it left the road and rolled in the median. Both were wearing helmets and both were ejected from the motorcycle, said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
Knoll was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A cause of the crash was not known at this time. Drugs and alcohol were not a suspected factor, Fitzgerald said. The crash was being investigated by Barron County Sheriff's Department, State Patrol and Barron County Medical Examiner's Office.