Motorcyclist In Critical Condition After Crash On I-494

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 31-year-old man is in critical condition after an accident on Interstate 494 at Fish Lake Road.

The crash closed southbound lanes of 494 to 94 from Bass Lake Road, while authorities worked to help the victims.

Douglas Johnson, of Fargo, N.D. was driving a 1999 Honda MC motorcycle when he rear-ended a 1993 Nissan Maxima.

According to the State Patrol, Abu-Ria Mahmmoud, 18, of Brooklyn Park — who was driving the Nissan — was attempting to change lanes when he noticed the car in front of him was also moving over. Mahmmoud hit his breaks, which caused Johnson to rear-end him. Johnson is currently in critical condition.

Mahmmoud was treated at the scene and released.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the accident.

  • No, not

    to stereotype or anything.

  • J Strong

    Breaks? LOL

    • markH

      I often see grammatical errors in many online news articles; I assume this is a testament to the failure in our educational system.

      • DebK

        markH — Stop blaming it on the “failure of our educational system.” It’s called laziness, poor proofreading skills, a reliance on spell check, and the need to quickly post everything before taking the time to make sure it is correct.

        • Michael Clark

          I agree with you on this one, Deb! There is NO excuse for this kind of misspelling in a news story. Whatever happened to professionalism?

  • Dave

    Staying home in Fargo may have been safer. May have, lol?

    • kuyy

      Yea, and people that live in the Twin Cities should stay home to be safer because people from the Twin Cities NEVER get into accidents on freeways, and people from Fargo always do. Geez (rolls eyes)

      • ally

        You are ridiculous

    • ally

      You are so rude

  • JamieinMN

    I agree, the motorcyclist was probably following WAY too close and NOT paying attention!

    • alicia

      You have no clue what your talking about!!

  • ken

    I can’t tell you how many times car drivers do not even look when they are maneuvering, on the way to work this morning, a lady in her minivan shot past me with a magazine in her steering wheel and her gaze pointed directly at it.

  • Martin

    Motorcycle drivers aren’t the only ones who tailgate or don’t pay attention to traffic around them, but a motorcyclist is far more vulnerable to the traffic in front of, behind and next to him/her. Keep your eyes open and pay attention no matter what you drive.

    • JamieinMN

      Obviously, but the MOTORCYCLIST, in THIS case was most likely tailgating and/or not paying attention.

      • Ally

        Ya your wrong and have no idea what your talking about. Get a CLUE!!!

        • JamieinMNisanidiot

          i agree, JamieinMN probably wrote this message while driving down the road.

  • Jim Murphy

    As a rider for many years I must say it is getting worse out there. Cell phones, texting and yes even triming your bikini area such as that dumb ass lady the other day in Ohio did. Yes I wear a helmet now. For what it’s worth. All things considered everybody out there on the road needs to wake up!!!!!! Also to all you arm chair motorcyclists, just cuz a guy pulls in front of this poor dude then slams on his brakes dosn’t mean he was following to close. How about the inexperience of an 18 year old driver being the cause. 4 wheelers more times than not are the cause of most bike accidents. Next time you see your fellow man on 2 wheels, give him a break. Hang up put down your coffee and wave “Hello”. You’ll be happy you did.

    • hoops

      I have been riding for over 35 years and I agree that people need to start driving and stop talking on the phone, or doing other things . I feel like we not only need to drive for uorselves but for everyone on the road. I was just behind that accident and the police were showing up as I drove by. the bike was 50 ft away and in the opposite lane of the rider. I think people should be required to take a driving test while attempting to talk on the phone, they would be surprised at just how bad of drivers they are, when not focused on the road.

  • share the road

    The motorcyclist wouldn’t have been tailgating. If two cars were moving over at the same time, as the article says, then the biker would have been at least two car lengths back.

    • joe

      Dumbest comment I’ve read. Seriously?

      • Me

        How is this dumb? Two cars were moving over into another lane. They both obviously thought there was room for at least one more car in the lane the biker was in. I fear for bikers near you.


    And everyone worries about Drunk Drivers.

    • Jesse

      Yeah… inexperienced drivers are pretty much the same thing.

  • Michelle

    I just completed a motorcycle safety class. I really think everyone should be required to take one. I know I ‘see’ motorcycles a whole lot more and give them the room on the road they’re entitled to.

  • Jesse

    To those of you reading this, don’t have the spelling errors be the only thing that you take from this article. Take the point that someone may die because of this mistake, and open your eyes.

    Obviously Doug who is a friend of mine was not tailgating, 2 cars pulled into his lane and jumped on the brakes….

    People are idiots these days, nobody pays attention. Smoking, drinking, talking on the phone while driving etc… people need to open their damn eyes and pay attention. Wake up people, you were given a neck that moves. Use it and look over your shoulder before you change lanes. This kid may die because some idiot didnt look.

  • Nan

    I saw the accident and I drive that part of 494 everyday at that time. It is where 94,694 and 494 all come together. If you come southbound 494 there are 3 lanes. The 3rd lane to the left is very clearly marked merge and lane ends. Where the accident happened is where the lane ends and a lot of idiots try to take the lane to the end so they can get one more car infront of someone. They are often doing 70mph or more to beat everyone to the end of the lane. When this happens its causes the cars in what used to be the middle to shift to the right to make room. Then you have the people who suddenly see the Bass Lake Rd exit sign to move over and often these cars do not look or use a turn signal. I have seen many and come close to being involved in these “almost” accidents at that location. We sat on the freeway yesterday for 40 minutes at a dead stop and I saw people actually moving on to the shoulder to see what had happened when emergency vehicles were trying to get to the scene on the shoulder. I saw people still trying to come up the 3rd merge lane as far as they could go to get ahead of the people waiting in the other two lane and restricting more emergency vehicles. It’s a sad world we live in when people do not care for a human life and more about getting down the road or spelling errors or worse blaming a motorcyclist who is in the hospital. Sad to say no more humanity or respect left. I will admit I have made a bone head move or two on the road but when I try to acknowledge and make an apologetic gesture I get the finger or screamed at. Very disturbing how angry people are today but the most disturbing fact is all the young new drivers today have been taught to be like this as a normal reaction. When all these factors happen of moving over without looking, not using a turn signal or moving over when there is not enough room, people have to brake hard. It causes a chain reaction and does not matter how close or far back you are following. When we were finally cleared to move yesterday again people in the 3rd lane thought they could go through faster and almost caused accidents themselves. When I drove by I saw motorcycle parts a shoe and bloody rags on the right and a very mangled motorcycle on the left infront of a squad car. Lets stop the blame game and remember a human being, someone’s child, possibly a brother or a friend is in the hospital. Lets hope he survives and recovers.

    • kuyy

      Good post, Nan!

  • JW

    I heard from a friend of a friend that the guy did not make it. I saw the aftermath of the accident on my way home yesterday and was hoping it wasn’t serious, but unfortunately it was serious. My condolences to his family and friends, I personally did not know him, but sucks to hear about anyone dieing, especially a fellow rider. RIP

  • NL

    I approached the scene probably no more than 2 minutes after this tragic accident occurred, however I was driving northbound. It was a gruesome scene, douglas was laying in the road, appeared to be seizuring, blood everywhere, he hit his head hard, no helmet, no riding gear/leathers etc. appeared to be a army man running to help him. I couldn’t sleep last night, and haven’t ate in 24 hours. He is in my thoughts and prayers, as a fellow motorcyclist I am the same age as him. I went out on my bike last night in his memory, as I had a cold dark feeling he wasn’t goin to make it and wanted to scream and yell to release my anger. People need to pay attention! Also fellow motorcyclists, the ones who never been down at highway speeds? This is a wake up call for all of you! Wear your gears!

    • Jesse

      Douglas Johnson’s family pulled the plug last night at around 9pm. The doctor says a helmet would not have saved him from the crash he had. They had a cerimony for him, hung a flag above the hospital and that was it.

      He was a donor so over 40 people’s lives will be saved by using his body parts. What a hero, if you arent a donor, become one. Its the least you can do.

      RIP Dougie :(

      Please learn to drive everyone.

      • Sheila and Travis

        Thank you Jesse for the updates. I had already heard the news from someone he worked with but have no idea how to reach his family in this tough time. So thank you again. Doug will be missed!!

  • Kathy

    Accidents happen, whomever at fault, makes no difference. Dead or crippled is the same result. I rode for years with all gear, I was lucky, I had considerate drivers around me. Guess that is not happening in these times. My condolences to family members. I’m sure it was a tough decision for them.

  • Aunt Mary

    Reading all the comments has made me angry, sad, more informed, and thankful that Doug has such good friends.
    Do not assume that Doug is the one at fault here just because he was riding a motorcycle, or that he was said to have rear ended the car.. I have spoken with a state patrol officer familiar with the accident and he said “the car clipped the motorcycle.” There is an ongoing investigation into what exactly happened.
    Please if you ride, WEAR A HELMET! 99 out of a 100 times it will save your life in an accident. However, as mentioned in a previous post, it would not have saved Doug’s life.
    Jesse, we did not “pull the plug”. Doug was pronounced brain dead for a second time at 9:00pm (official time of death is 3:00pm) and all the machines that had been keeping him alive were still keeping him alive after that time so we could donate his organs and tissue. At no time did Doug ever respond, regain consciousness, or the ability to breath on his own, and he never would have, no matter how long the machines kept him “alive”. It was the hardest thing any of us have ever had to do or experience.
    To all those who sent condolences or prayers, Doug’s family and I thank you.
    Doug, we all love you so much and will miss you for the rest of our lives.
    RIP Dear Nephew.

  • Aunt Mary

    Doug’s funeral will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011, 3:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND.
    There will be a visitation on Wednesday, May 25, 5:00pm – 7:00pm followed by a memorial service at 7:00pm at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, ND.

    • Sheila & Travis

      Thank you Mary. I will be there to pay respect to Doug. Our prayers are with all of you.

      RIP Doug

  • Tessa Fay

    Thank you Aunt Mary,
    I love you Douglas, I miss you, and may you Rest in Peace now.

  • jesse

    Auntmary. I didn’t mean aything by it. There was a decision made that takes him off of life support. This is all I meant. I liked doug and didn’t mean for it to sound bad.

    • Aunt Mary

      Jesse, I know you didn’t. I didn’t mean to sound like I was reprimanding you, I was trying to explain what we did and why we did it the way we did. I was extremely tired when I wrote that last night. so sorry if it came out wrong.

      • Jesse

        Ok good, i was hoping it didnt come off wrong. anywho, i live in denver now and will try to make it to the funeral.

  • kayleigh

    Doug was a good friend, and the sweetest man I’ve ever met in my life. He was very caring and respectful. He will truly be missed! RIP Doug! You will forever be in my heart.

  • kayleigh

    Sounds like it was a foreigner in front of him. None of them should be able to drive in America, in my opinion. Keep them on public transportation. Sorry if this offends anyone, my opinion will not change.

  • Aunt Mary

    Kayleigh, it doesn’t matter if the person was from the moon. It matters only that he knew HOW to drive, not from where he learned it. I have traveled and lived overseas where I was the “foreigner” and I would have been extremely offended if anyone had said I should not be able to drive in the country I was in simply because I was not from there. I do agree you need to know/learn the laws and rules of the road wherever you are driving though.

  • Heather Freadrich

    This is an extremly sad situation. As a friend of dougs the things some of you are saying is rediculouse and there are alot of people grieving. So please keep the negativity to yourself. To dougs family I want you to know Doug was a great person and a wonderful friend. I will never forget him. As i know alot of other people wont either. He was to young and it breaks my heart. Rip doug… I will miss you.

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