Crystal motorcyclist dies in Bloomington crash

A Crystal man on a motorcycle led Edina police on a high-speed chase that ended in a fatal crash in the northwest corner of Bloomington, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Interstate 494 was shut down in Bloomington and nearby Eden Prairie for several hours after the incident.

According to the state patrol report, the motorcyclist was observed traveling at high speeds by an Edina Police officer headed south on Highway 100 near 70th Street. When the officer attempted to stop the motorist, the driver did not stop and the officer gave chase.

The officer pursued the fleeing motorcyclist onto I-494 west, but near West Bush Lake Road, a supervisor with the Edina Police Department terminated the pursuit. Not long after, the motorcyclist, still traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour at times, struck the cement barrier on the flyover ramp, said the report.

The motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle and landed on I-494. Identified as 50-year-old Crystal man Christopher Lee Sundholm, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:51 p.m., according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

The report notes that he was not wearing a helmet and states that it is not known if alcohol was involved in the incident.