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Motorcyclist killed in crash is ID'd

DICKINSON - The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of the 23-year-old New Hradec man who was killed Monday night in a motorcycle crash on Villard.

Chase Frenzel was riding a 2002 Yamaha sport bike on Dickinson's main east-west roadway when he collided with a 2006 Chevrolet Impala that was crossing the street to head south on Fourth Avenue East, the highway patrol's release states.

As the motorcycle was heading east, it hit the front of the sedan, and then careened off the street to the right. The bike struck the curb and came to rest in the parking lot of Kovash Furniture after breaking two storefront windows and a glass door, the release states.

Frenzel, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene, Highway Patrol Sgt. Will Vance said Monday night.

Willeta Stoltz, 79, was driving the sedan and her husband Paul Stoltz, 85, was in the front passenger seat when the collision occurred. Both were wearing seatbelts and both airbags deployed, the release stated.

"The driver had minor injuries from the airbag, but otherwise appeared OK," Vance said, adding the Dickinson couple did not have to be taken to the hospital.

The motorcycle was a total loss. The sedan sustained damage to the front bumper, the release says.

Before the crash, witnesses reported Frenzel had joined other motorcyclists who were riding around town, said Dickinson District Highway Patrol Office Capt. Anthony Huck. Huck said he did not know how many motorcycles were in the group.

"There were some witness statements that he had joined a group of other motorcycle riders earlier...before the accident happened, but he had moved ahead of them," Huck said. "At the time of the crash, he was by himself. The other motorcycles were behind him."

The release states witnesses reported Frenzel was traveling at "a very high rate of speed."

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident, which happened at 8:40 p.m., the release states.