Motorcycle hits pothole in Minneapolis, rider killed - KMSP-TV

Motorcycle hit 100 mph before pothole crash in Minneapolis

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A New York man reached speeds of up to 120 mph before his motorcycle hit a pothole or crack in the pavement on Interstate 394 in Minneapolis, throwing him from the bike in a deadly accident.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday near Wirth Parkway. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the motorcyclist as 30-year-old Anand Baskaran of East Northport, N.Y. A second motorcyclist, also speeding up to 120 mph, fled the scene after the crash.

The preliminary accident report indicated Baskaran hit a pothole, but witnesses from 3 different cars said it was more of a crack in the pavement. Those witnesses said the two motorcycles were weaving in and out of traffic, and the State Patrol said, at those speeds, it doesn't take much to lose control of a motorcycle.

"Having a speed that fast is just a recipe for disaster," Lt. Jason Bartell said bluntly.

Witnesses said Baskaran was wearing a helmet while speeding down Interstate 394, but the first people to reach the scene of the crash -- including a trooper -- found no helmet on his head. A helmet was later recovered at the scene.

The State Patrol would like to interview the second motorcyclist, but they have very limited information. Witnesses said he was wearing a helmet and possibly riding a black Honda CBR sport-style motorcycle, 2008-2010 model year.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said this is the first motorcycle-related death of the year and the second-earliest ever recorded.

RETAILERS, RIDERS RECOMMEND PATIENCE

At the Hitching Post in Hopkins, motorcyle sales are picking up as the temperature rises -- but the sales staff will still insist new owners take them home on a trailer for now.

"My theory is: The snow is gone -- I have to have at least two good rains," Steve Davis said.

Experienced riders say traction is what keeps them the most cautious, and the road conditions right now can't deliver.

"The sand and the gravel underneath the tires acts like tiny ball bearings," Davis said. "It does make it far more slippery."

REPORT A POTHOLE

Potholes thrive during freeze-thaw cycles of the spring season. Potholes on highways and interstates should be reported to MnDOT at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/maintenance/potholes.html

If you see a pothole on a city street in Minneapolis, report it to 311.

POTHOLE PATROL: 3 tips to protect your pocketbook

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