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Police Investigate Fatal Pursuit Of Cyclist

Tue., March 31, 1998

Police traffic experts spent Monday investigating a weekend pursuit in which a 19-year-old Spokane man was killed.

John A. Maidhoff died about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, an hour after his motorcycle slammed into a wooden power pole in the 4800 block of East Frederick.

Police said Maidhoff was attempting to evade a marked police car that tried to pull him over on Upriver Drive moments before the wreck.

They said Maidhoff steered his dirt bike onto Frederick and passed at least one other car before veering into a ditch and hitting the pole.

Investigators still hadn’t determined how fast Maidhoff was going when he lost control, police spokesman Dick Cottam said. Cottam also didn’t know why the officer, whom he didn’t name, was trying to stop Maidhoff.

“They’re still talking to witnesses and taking measurements,” Cottam said. “It’s still being investigated.”

Maidhoff was a Spokane native who worked as a painter.

He had been cited for several traffic crimes in the past two years, including driving with a suspended license, failing to yield the right of way and speeding, according to court records.

Last March, Maidhoff was convicted of driving with a suspended license and had just finished serving a year’s probation on that charge. , DataTimes

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