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Fleeing driver who died after crashing into multiple cars ID’d

COLOGNE, Minn. — Authorities have identified the motorist who died after fleeing from a traffic stop on U.S. 212 and crashing into other cars Tuesday evening near Cologne.

On Wednesday, July 31, the driver of the 2008 BMW was identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as James Charles Erickson, 40, of St. Paul.

A Carver County deputy attempted to stop Erickson about 5:30 p.m. after a caller reported a vehicle weaving and fluctuating in speed on 212. Instead of stopping, the driver accelerated and raced eastward.

Erickson then tried to exit at Minnesota 41, about a mile east of Cologne, and crashed into other vehicles there. In all, six vehicles were involved in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.

Erickson was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office, while the drivers of five other vehicles were taken to area hospitals. None was seriously injured.