Man killed in crash while fleeing police was a guitarist for Twin Cities metal band

The 59-year-old woman he crashed into remains in a critical condition.
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The man killed in a crash while fleeing police was the guitarist for a Twin Cities metal band.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed that David Baxter, 30, of Montrose was killed in the head-on crash at Minnetonka Boulevard and Atwater Street on Friday.

Police said officers were in pursuit of his vehicle when it crossed the centerline and crashed into a Volvo driven by 59-year-old Karen Webster, of Minnetonka, who is in a critical condition in a hospital.

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Baxter was the lead guitarist for Minneapolis "groove metal" band Splitdriven, which posted a tribute to him on Saturday.

"We are all at a loss with broken hearts," it said. "You have left this world way to soon [sic]. You were one of the kindest souls I have ever met," it said.

The band added that "our deepest sympathies go out to his family and also the lady that Davey collided with – may she have a full recovery from this terrible accident."

Twin Cities radio station 93X is planning a memorial to Baxter on its Sunday evening show, which is also expected to make mention of Karen Webster's plight.

Minnetonka Police Department said it started following the vehicle driven by Baxter because it was "traveling at a high rate of speed." 

Baxter continued to flee despite police indicating their presence.

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