ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Two men are dead after crashing a vehicle they allegedly stole from a Lyft driver overnight in St. Cloud, according to Sherburne County authorities.
Officers from the St. Cloud Police Department were called around 1 a.m. Tuesday to the 2300 block of Minnesota Boulevard Southeast and met with the victim, a 46-year-old Lyft driver from St. Cloud.
The victim told police he picked up a ride request on the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue Southeast and two men got in his vehicle. He drove them around for a bit but they did not appear to know where they were going.
The victim said eventually one of the men sitting in the backseat grabbed the steering wheel, nearly veering the vehicle off the road, police say.
The driver stopped the vehicle and was grabbed by one of the men, who pulled him backwards and threatened to kill him. He got out of his vehicle and the two men took off with the car at a high rate of speed, heading west on Minnesota Boulevard.
A Sherburne County deputy was parked on the side of the road and saw the vehicle speed past him, clocking it at 112 mph, as it drove by. The deputy tried to catch up to the vehicle but eventually came to a curve in the road and saw smoke.
The vehicle had crashed into trees on the side of County Road 8, ejecting one of the men. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man in the vehicle was taken to St. Cloud Hospital, where he later died.
The investigation is ongoing. The identities of those involved will be released at a later date.