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Ryan Johnson, Published April 13 2014

Motorcyclist injured when car runs red light in Fargo

Editor's note: Story updates location of accident.

FARGO – A motorcyclist was injured Saturday afternoon when a car ran a red light, forcing him to lay down his bike to prevent a worse crash, according to the Fargo Police Department.

Sgt. Mark Lykken said the crash was reported at 4 p.m. at the intersection of NP Avenue and 10th Street North.

The motorcycle driver, Matthew Peterson, 31, of Moorhead, was eastbound on NP Avenue in the left turn lane as he approached the intersection with a green light, but noticed a northbound car on 10th Street was running a red light in front of him.

“He slammed on the brakes, but knew he wouldn’t stop so he intentionally put the motorcycle on its side,” Lykken said.

Peterson’s motorcycle slid into the rear wheel of the 2003 Honda, causing an estimated $4,000 of damage to the 2007 Harley-Davidson.

Lykken said Peterson was wearing a helmet, but he was brought by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo for an apparent non-life-threatening injury. His condition was unknown Sunday.

The driver of the car, Michelle Schnarr, 28, of Fargo, was cited for disobeying a traffic control signal.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan Johnson at (701) 241-5587