ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota woman has died after a rush-hour motorcycle crash on Interstate 694 in the Twin Cities area.

The State Patrol says a vehicle was eastbound on I-694 in Arden Hills around 6 p.m. Friday when the driver lost control as he approached stopped traffic at Hamline Avenue.

The motorcycle passenger, 27-year-old Jennifer Verlinde, of Fargo, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis critical condition. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Sunday that she died at the hospital early Saturday.

Her driver, 26-year-old Lucas Anderson, of Fargo, was taken to HCMC with non-life threatening injuries.

The patrol says alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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Comments (3)
  1. Jake says:

    Translation: Idiot car driver, who was probably playing with his/her cell phone rear-ended innocent bikers who had properly slowed down due to rush hour congestion.

    How do you “lose control” when you approach stopped traffic on a freeway? This was no ‘accident’, and I hope that there are criminal charges filed if the vehicle is proven to have no mechanical issues.

  2. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    “How do you “lose control” when you approach stopped traffic on a freeway?”

    A good strong sneeze will do it.

  3. kate says:

    “When the driver” meaning the motorcycle driver. Don’t assume a car driver ran into them. Although it certainly could have been cause by a car driver being stupid.
    Losing control, like when there is a very hard stop and the bike wipes out. Doesn’t mean the bike driver did anything wrong.

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