A motorcyclist crashed and died on a rural roadway in Stearns County, authorities said Sunday.

The wreck occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday about 6 miles north of Freeport, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The motorcyclist was identified as Patrick Kraker, 57, of nearby Waite Park.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Kraker was heading south on County Road 17, where he left the road and crashed in an open field near 425th Street in Millwood Township.

After rescue efforts by a witness at the scene, Kraker was taken by ambulance to Melrose Hospital, where he died.