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UPDATED WITH NAMES: Man becomes fourth North Dakotan to die in motorcycle crashes Memorial Day weekend

The driver of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Williston, where he was pronounced dead. The pickup driver was not injured.

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WILLISTON, N.D. — A 24-year-old man from here became the fourth North Dakota motorcyclist to die in crashes in the state on Memorial Day weekend.

Brandon Burkemo was killed at the intersection of Williams County Road 6 and the Love's Travel Center north of Williston around 10:35 a.m. Monday, May 30, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. It was cloudy with light rain.

Burkemo was traveling east on Williams County Road 6 when a pickup, driven by 63-year-old Earl Ray of Stanley, turned west onto the county road from the travel center. The motorcyclist struck the rear of the pickup, according to the highway patrol.

Burkemo, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Williston, where he was pronounced dead. The pickup driver was not injured.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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On Saturday, May 28, two separate crashes killed three other North Dakota motorcyclists in the state.

Brandon Cermak, a 35-year old motorcyclist from Fargo, was killed when he ran into the back of a crop sprayer near Raleigh.

Corey Volesky, 45, and Amber Krause Volesky, 40, both of Wyndmere, were killed when a pickup truck ran into the back of their motorcycle as they slowed to turn from Highway 11 onto Richland County Road 3.

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