MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities are investigating a motorcycle crash that killed a 27-year-old man in St. Francis Sunday night.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened at about 8:17 p.m. on the 4000 block of St. Francis Boulevard Northwest.

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Authorities say Eric Ryan Almquist of Otsego was driving a motorcycle with a group of friends headed southbound when he lost control at a curve in the road and went off into a ditch.

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Investigators believe speed played a major role in the crash.

First responders arrived at the scene and started performing life-saving measures. Almquist was airlifted to Hennepin Healthcare where he was later pronounced dead.

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The crash remains under investigation.