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2 motorcyclists died fleeing MN police this week

Both happened in the south metro area.

Two motorcyclists have died in the space of the week in Minnesota after crashing while fleeing police.

The latest occurred on Saturday, when 50-year-old Christopher Lee Sundholm, from Crystal, crashed after being pursued by Edina police, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

He was seen speeding on Highway 100 at 70th Street West and failed to stop when pursued by the officer, fleeing eventually onto westbound I-494.

At West Bush Lake Road the officer gave up the chase, but the biker continued speeding and when exiting onto Hwy. 169, struck the cement barrier on the flyover ramp and was thrown onto I-494.

It came just days after a Prior Lake motorcyclist died while being chased by police in Bloomington.

The Prior Lake American reports that 27-year-old Andrew Fischer was being pursued on Xerxes Avenue when he crashed at West 98th Street.

He died in the hospital about an hour later after suffering blunt force injuries.

In total, four motorcyclists have died on Minnesota roads the past week.

The Star Tribune reports that Craig Cassman, 56, of Rochester died on Thursday after colliding with a dump truck on Hwy. 16 in Houston County.

On Wednesday, 21-year-old Robert Bloom, of White Bear Lake, died when his bike struck an SUV in Apple Valley.

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