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Police: Motorcyclist dies after trying to avoid traffic stop, being thrown from bike in Newport News

Virginia State Police said a trooper pulled over 28-year-old Andrew Baker on Interstate 664, but Baker took off. His bike hit a jersey wall near Terminal Avenue.
Credit: AP

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Virginia State Police said a man from Portsmouth died from crash-related injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle in Newport News Wednesday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m., a trooper on I-664 in Suffolk saw 28-year-old Andrew Baker driving 89 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. He was in the northbound lanes near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.

The trooper pulled Baker over on the shoulder of the bridge-tunnel. Police said as the trooper stepped out of his patrol car to approach the motorcycle, Baker took off.

A high-speed pursuit through the tunnel followed. Police said when Baker got through the tube, he tried to take the exit for Terminal Avenue at a high speed, lost control of the bike, hit the jersey wall, and was ejected.

Medics took Baker, who was wearing a helmet, to Riverside Regional Medical Center. He did not survive.