Motorcyclist dies after hitting pothole on I-394

:::: UPDATE :::: State Patrol spokesperson Jesse Grabow got in touch with us and said further investigation revealed "speed was more of a factor in this crash" than the pothole. Grabow said a witness told investigators Baskaran was traveling at "a very high speed" moments before he hit the pothole and was thrown from his motorcycle to his death.

Though Baskaran was wearing a helmet, he may have been traveling up to 120 miles per hour when he hit the pothole, the State Patrol says. Authorities are also looking for another motorcyclist who was seen riding with Baskaran moments before the wreck. That motorcyclist, who was also wearing a helmet and was possibly riding a 2008-2010 Honda CBR, fled the scene.

Original post -- Just before 10 p.m. last night, a motorcyclist died after hitting a pothole on eastbound I-394 at Theodore Wirth Parkway in Minneapolis.

With the temperature hovering around freezing, Anand Baskaran, a 30-year-old resident of East Northport, New York, was on his 2009 Honda motorcycle when he hit a pothole, lost control, and rode off the roadway, suffering fatal injuries in the process, according to the State Patrol.

The accident report says road conditions at the time were dry and there was no hazardous material present.

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State Patrol spokesperson Jesse Grabow told us this morning the accident remains under investigation. A crash reconstruction will be performed.

"Just drive carefully," Grabow said. "Be aware, because this time of year we see a significant number of potholes show up."

On that note, Ken Olson, a traffic reporter for 1500 ESPN and myTalk 107.1, is warning drivers about potholes in our capital city:
-- Mpls/St Paul Traffic (@MSP_Traffic) March 12, 2014 And as anybody who has driven down Hennepin Avenue by the Walker Art Center can attest, the pothole situation is also dire in parts of Minneapolis.

Potholes aside, just yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety distributed a press release announcing that there were 12 traffic fatalities on state roads during a 10-day stretch beginning February 28.

"Our roads can turn deadly in good weather and bad," Donna Berger, the DPS Office of Public Safety director, said. "The people who lost their lives in these crashes are the reasons we all need to take driving seriously and always make safe decisions about buckling up, driving at safe speeds, paying attention, and never driving impaired."

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