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8 died over weekend on Minnesota roads

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It was the deadliest weekend of the year on Minnesota roads, state patrol officials report.

In the deadliest crash, three members of a family died on Interstate 94 Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis when a minivan rolled over. The three, who were not properly belted in, were identified Monday as an 80-year-old female, a 44-year-old female and a 16-year-old male, the Star Tribune reported. KSTP says it was three generations: a grandmother, her daughter and grandson. Five others were injured.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has a list of five deadly crashes Saturday and Sunday. MPR has more details.

WCCO reports there was also a deadly crash early Monday morning in Brooklyn Center in which a 23-year-old woman was killed when a jeep ran off the road and hit a tree. Another woman in the vehicle survived.

In one of the Sunday crashes, police were pursuing Tyron Somaiah, 23, of Crystal, Minn., on a motorcycle after they clocked him going 100 mph, WCCO reported. After reaching speeds of 130 mph, he collided with an SUV and was killed in Brooklyn Park, investigators said.

Also Sunday, a 55-year-old Arden Hills woman was killed when she was walking and was hit by a vehicle in Shoreview.

Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said, “The people who lost their lives in these crashes are the reasons we all need to take the task of driving seriously and make safe decisions behind the wheel.”

Seventy-one people have been killed in crashes this year, compared to 75 at this time in 2012, state patrol officials report.

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