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Woman passenger identified who died in motorcycle crash during police chase

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Howard Lake, Minn., woman was killed after the motorcycle she was a passenger on crashed while running from police Tuesday night on Highway 89.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash happened at about 6 p.m. on Highway 89 northwest of Bemidji after the driver of the motorcycle fled the scene after a traffic stop.

Killed in the crash was Nicole Annette Hahn of Howard Lake, the Patrol said. The driver, 34-year-old Michael Joseph Bahl of Maplewood, Minn., was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, with life-threatening injuries, the report said.

The report said it isn’t known if Bahl or Hahn were wearing helmets, and the report did not indicate why Bahl fled the scene or the nature of the traffic stop.

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