Crash in Hollywood Township kills motorcyclist

HOLLYWOOD TOWNSHIP, MN – A motorcyclist is dead following a Saturday afternoon crash in the 2600 block of Carver County Road 21 in Hollywood Township.

According to Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud, motorcyclist Dean Hecksel, 49, of Mayer, was northbound when he lost control of the motorcycle and swerved into the way of a southbound vehicle

Hecksel was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, driven by Mary Ardolf, 61, of Silver Lake,suffered noncritical injuries and was treated by Ridgeview paramedics.

According to a witness statement provided to the sheriff’s office, the front end of Hecksel’s motorcycle jiggled when passing another motorcycle and then Hecksel lost control, resulting in the crash.

The matter remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office, which was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Ridgeview Ambulance, and Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

The crash occurred around 3:18 p.m.


  1. David Lachermeier says:

    He was a great guy, and will be missed greatly. Rest in peace Dean.

  2. Mike Wegner says:

    My heart goes out to the whole family! He had a great personality and was a joy to be around! See you again someday!