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Lake Elmo boy, 9, who rode bike into motorcycle on shoulder dies from injuries

  • Article by: Paul Walsh
  • Star Tribune
  • September 13, 2013 - 8:47 PM

Schoolmates are mourning the death of a 9-year-old Lake Elmo boy who rode his bicycle into a motorcycle that was stopping along the shoulder of the highway outside the child’s home to deal with a mechanical difficulty.

Parent of students at Red Rock Elementary School in Woodbury received notice that a new student, fourth-grader Pierre LeQue, “was recently taken off of life support. … We hope you receive this message and are able to support your child at home, as the staff at Red Rock is doing during the school day.”

The incident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4, when Pierre rode out from his family’s driveway and collided with a Harley-Davidson that was on the shoulder of westbound Hwy. 5 because of “a mechanical issue,” according to the State Patrol.

Family friend Ben Charles said Friday that the motorcycle was still moving at the time of impact, but the patrol report was unclear on that detail.

Pierre was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The funeral home handling arrangements said he died Wednesday.

The motorcycle’s owner, Michael D. Lehman, 46, of Lake Elmo, was not hurt, the patrol said.

Pierre and his family had moved less than three months ago from Eau Claire, Wis., said Kelli Espiritu, whose Halos for Hudson organization helps survivors cope with the loss of a child.

Charles said Pierre’s heart has been donated to a 2-year-old and his liver to an 11-year-old. “He had a big heart,” Charles said, “and he loved to help people.”

The school said that visitation has been set for 4-8 p.m. Sunday at CullenCrea Funeral Home in New Richmond, Wis., with services scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, also in New Richmond.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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