Motorcyclist dies after hitting pothole on I-394

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:::: UPDATE :::: State Patrol spokesperson Jesse Grabow got in touch with us and said further investigation revealed "speed was more of a factor in this crash" than the pothole. Grabow said a witness told investigators Baskaran was traveling at "a very high speed" moments before he hit the pothole and was thrown from his motorcycle to his death.

Though Baskaran was wearing a helmet, he may have been traveling up to 120 miles per hour when he hit the pothole, the State Patrol says. Authorities are also looking for another motorcyclist who was seen riding with Baskaran moments before the wreck. That motorcyclist, who was also wearing a helmet and was possibly riding a 2008-2010 Honda CBR, fled the scene.

Original post -- Just before 10 p.m. last night, a motorcyclist died after hitting a pothole on eastbound I-394 at Theodore Wirth Parkway in Minneapolis.

With the temperature hovering around freezing, Anand Baskaran, a 30-year-old resident of East Northport, New York, was on his 2009 Honda motorcycle when he hit a pothole, lost control, and rode off the roadway, suffering fatal injuries in the process, according to the State Patrol.

The accident report says road conditions at the time were dry and there was no hazardous material present.

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State Patrol spokesperson Jesse Grabow told us this morning the accident remains under investigation. A crash reconstruction will be performed.

"Just drive carefully," Grabow said. "Be aware, because this time of year we see a significant number of potholes show up."

On that note, Ken Olson, a traffic reporter for 1500 ESPN and myTalk 107.1, is warning drivers about potholes in our capital city: And as anybody who has driven down Hennepin Avenue by the Walker Art Center can attest, the pothole situation is also dire in parts of Minneapolis.

Potholes aside, just yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety distributed a press release announcing that there were 12 traffic fatalities on state roads during a 10-day stretch beginning February 28.

"Our roads can turn deadly in good weather and bad," Donna Berger, the DPS Office of Public Safety director, said. "The people who lost their lives in these crashes are the reasons we all need to take driving seriously and always make safe decisions about buckling up, driving at safe speeds, paying attention, and never driving impaired."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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anandswellwisher
anandswellwisher

@cathymilk I am messaging on behalf of Anand's family back home. The shocking grief has left them numb. They seem to need some documents urgently to help them move forward. Will you be able to help them out? If the ans is yes we can take this discussion offline. I am a friend of friend of friend & they asked me for help. Please let me know.

Rachel Murray
Rachel Murray

omg nooooo :( :( :( I drove past this last night, saw the motorcycle laying the in middle of the road.. so terrible.

cathymilk
cathymilk

I'm ANANDS colleague and I used to ride his car for work. People please. Stop your nasty comments and pray for a life lost. I can't believe he is no more. Thanks for everyone who understand that it's a fatal accident.

Devin Walters
Devin Walters

Drove past the bike being loaded onto the tow truck.... Thing got absolutely gnared.

Mark Whatley
Mark Whatley

He was doing 120mph on a public road and he killed himself? There are countless things that can and will trigger loss of control of a motorcycle at that speed. And people here are trying to blame those that they disagree with politically? You should new ashamed of yourselves.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

At least he didn't hit anyone else. People that ride over 100mph on motorcycles should have their licenses revoked for life! Can't say I feel sorry for him. People who drive their cars that fast are just as bad but it's rare people go that fast in a car while it is common to see ass holes weaving through traffic at high speed on bikes.

Jen Cleveland
Jen Cleveland

This was a result of him driving 120 mph with no helmet. Anyone doing this who hits a pothole or piece of debris in the road would be in serious condition after if not dead. Regardless of the choices, no one and no family deserves to lose their life or a loved one. Remember this was a person with people who loved him.

Amanda M. Jacoby
Amanda M. Jacoby

To his family: I'm sorry for your lost. Despite these insensitive comments and hindsight always being 20/20 - nobody deserves to die an untimely death. May your loved one RIP.

Stefanie_S
Stefanie_S

I knew the rider personally as well.  He was a great guy. Very surreal & sad news.

wayfarer035
wayfarer035

I knew the rider personally, Worked with him and partied with him, It could have been any one of us, Instead of pointing fingers I just wish his family peace. 

Drake Ann Disorderly
Drake Ann Disorderly

Drove across a bridge yesterday with miltiple 'potholes' down to the bar grid. There were large enough chunks of drive surface missing that I could actually SEE the grid before subjecting my car to it because there were no other options. Two or four wheels, the cities do not have safe roads right now.

Nicole Marie Byrne
Nicole Marie Byrne

So sad. I didn't see a single pothole getting filled these previous warm days we had. They are so bad.

Dylan Joseph
Dylan Joseph

Riding this early in the year is dangerous enough

Timothy Godel
Timothy Godel

My truck got lost in a pothole last week and I'm still trying to find my way out!

Andrew Brand
Andrew Brand

This rider made a choice to ride this early in the season. His choice, no fault to be placed there. He also chose to operate at an excessive speed AND also chose not to wear a helmet. While it's unfortunate, he earned what he received.

Daryl Stanton III
Daryl Stanton III

Question: Without taxes who will fix the roads?! Answer: not the government.

Justin Johnson
Justin Johnson

People are so ungrateful that instead of just reminding each other to be safe, instead society starts to point fingers as to who is at fault for this man riding his motorcycle negligently. Wake up people and realize that you actually don't have it so bad when you're complaining about just potholes and you're cars getting worn over the years!

cathymilk
cathymilk

How do I get in touch with you I can put you in contact to whom he used to report.

cathymilk
cathymilk

You mother fucker have you lost anyone in your life?

cathymilk
cathymilk

What if the roads were without potholes or sand or anything just like a road but not a dump. He would have been among us No one is here to listen to your expert comment. Just pray for him RIP

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

This is the first line of the second paragraph:"Though Baskaran was wearing a helmet...."

hamms
hamms

@wayfarer035  i agree.  This could have been me, if i were stupid enough to drive a motorcycle over 100 MPH down a pothole filled 394 without a helmet on....this could have been any of us.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

This time of year it really doesn't help much to fill them, freezing and thawing make it extremely difficult. Sane people deal with it.

Stefanie_S
Stefanie_S

You have some serious nerve to say that he "earned what he received".  This man was out riding his bike on a nice day - didn't realize that was a crime.  They say speed was a factor instead of the pot holes, but how do you know it's not the city covering their asses? Yes, he should have worn a helmet.. maybe that would have saved his life, but your senseless comment is heartless and pathetic. Grow up and have some respect.  I believe your comment would be different if this would be someone that you knew.

cathymilk
cathymilk

Are you the guy without job and living on food stamps that was due to the taxes ANAND paid?

Stefanie_S
Stefanie_S

How is he negligently riding his bicycle when the weather was nice outside? Didn't know it was a crime to travel places on a motorcycle...

anandswellwisher
anandswellwisher

@cathymilk  Thanks for the response. Yes that'll help. Please mail to this id: demouser.one1@yahoo.com   (I did not want to share my primary id publicly, so created a one time throw away mail id). 

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

No I've never known anybody that died. You see all my friends and family live forever. We know where the fountain of youth is and you can't get there by riding a bike in March over 100 miles an hour.

HollaB
HollaB

@Stefanie_S It's not even half-way through March. Who in their right mind would be doing 120mph on a motorcycle?

Unfortunate? Yes. But OP is right, this was incredibly stupid.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@Stefanie_S This woman is a troll, right? Nobody can be foolish enough to defend a guy's decision to ride his bike negligently and illegally. She's gotta be trollin'.

just_sayin
just_sayin

@Stefanie_S  and BTW, i may be mistaken, but I think it is a crime to be driving double the speed limit

just_sayin
just_sayin

@Stefanie_S  how is he negligently riding his bicycle?  well....racing a buddy while going 120 MPH in a 60 MPH speed limit zone would be a start.  I don't care whether the weather was "nice outside", you drive like an idiot, you put your life at risk.  It is tragic, but whats tragic is that he was so reckless with his own safety.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

My point: read first comment second,stands taller.

cathymilk
cathymilk

Have you ever done anything in your life that you should not have done ? I'm sure you did like cheating on your spouse. That dint take ur life did it. Just acknowledge that a life is lost and pray for his life RIP

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@_Joe_ Welcome back, sir troll.

Where did I claim to be a witness or make a statement of fact about how fast the dude was or wasn't going?


Troll harder next time.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@Stefanie_S Where's the proof he was going 55mph? You weren't a witness, so your opinion is irrelevant.

Stefanie_S
Stefanie_S

Oh yes, definitely "trollin". Is there actual proof that he was going 100+ mph? No. Is there actual proof that there are massive amounts of potholes on the streets of Minneapolis? Absolutely.

I knew this man personally and he NEVER rode a bike without a helmet & RARELY drove over the speed limit. To me it seems like the city is trying to cover their asses and say that he was speeding rather than manning up & saying they need to fix their pothole problems.

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