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Motorcyclist killed after hitting I-394 pothole at 100-plus mph

MINNEAPOLIS - A motorcyclist is dead after hitting a pothole Tuesday night at more than 100 mph on Interstate 394 in Minneapolis.

Eyewitnesses saw two motorcyclists traveling east on I-394 at “very, very high rates of speed,” said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Jason Bartell.

The motorcycles were going between 100 and 120 mph, he said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., Anand Baskaran, 30, of East Northport, N.Y., was ejected after hitting a pothole and losing control near Theodore Wirth Parkway, according to the patrol.

Witnesses said Baskaran had been wearing a helmet, although those first on the scene did not observe one. A helmet was later recovered at the scene.

The other motorcyclist “took off,” Bartell said, and authorities were looking for that person, who is described as driving a black 2009-10 Honda CBR sport-style motorcycle.

It was not immediately clear whether the two motorcyclists were racing. The patrol did not receive any reports of the bikers weaving through traffic, Bartell said.

This is Minnesota’s first death of a motorcyclist in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

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