Man who crashed motorcycle into State Patrol squad dies

Police say a man who crashed into a Minnesota State Patrol squad car in Minneapolis last week after a highway pursuit has died from his injuries.

The Minneapolis Police Department said the Hennepin County Medical Examiner notified investigators of the death on Friday.

According to Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Jill Frankfurth, the pursuit began around 3:40 p.m. on June 14 when a state trooper spotted the motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, driving recklessly on Interstate 394 near Penn Avenue in Minneapolis. The trooper tried to pull him over, but he sped away.

The pursuit ended once the motorcycle went onto city streets, but a State Patrol helicopter remained in the air to monitor the suspect.

While heading north on Cedar Avenue, the motorcycle crashed into a State Patrol squad car that was stopped and had its lights at the intersection with 51st Street East, near Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis police said.

The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but has since died. The medical examiner will release his name in the coming days.

MPD is leading the crash investigation because it happened on city streets. The State Patrol is heading up the investigation of the pursuit.