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A motorcyclist died when he lost control in the Twin Cities early Tuesday morning.

A 45-year-old man, identified as Thomas Launderville, from St. Paul, was killed in the crash on Highway 280. 

According to the Minnesota State Patrol crash report, he  was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson southbound on Hwy. 280 at about 2:10 a.m. when he lost control on the curve to eastbound Interstate 94.

His bike came to a rest in the grass median, with the driver suffering fatal injuries.

Road conditions were dry at the time of the crash. However, police say alcohol was a factor in the crash and Launderville was not wearing a helmet when he crashed.

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