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Police: Driver speeding the wrong direction on one-way is thrown from car, dies

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A driver traveling at a high rate of speed, the wrong direction along a one-way near the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, died after crashing and being thrown from the car, according to police.

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The man was found lying on the sidewalk in "very critical condition" around 1:21 a.m. Thursday, near the 30000 block of University Avenue SE, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a news release.

An empty car was located about a block away – the male is believed to be the driver, according to police.

The early investigation shows the car was speeding and going the wrong way when it hit a curb and light pole, and the driver was then ejected, police said.

The car then kept going along the sidewalk, shearing off a tree and striking a gas meter before stopping along a building.

The driver was taken to the hospital, where he died.

The police department and Minnesota State Patrol are investigating. The medical examiner will release the driver's identity and cause of death.

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