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Man Charged in Deadly Hit-and-Run with Bicyclist in Mpls.

Posted at: 07/09/2013 2:45 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 3:04 PM
By: Maricella Miranda

A 24-year-old man - accused of killing a bicyclist last week during a hit-and-run in Minneapolis - has been charged.

Abdirahman Abdi Ali, of Minneapolis, was charged Tuesday, July 9, in Ramsey County District Court with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide. He's scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, July 10, on the charges.

Click here to read the criminal complaint.

The crash happened July 3 at the intersection of West 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South, according to the complaint. Witnesses told police that a vehicle was traveling north on Pleasant Avenue with no headlights at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection, but instead hit a woman riding a bicycle, the complaint said. The driver didn't stop after the crash.

The woman, later identified as Jessica Rose Hanson, was transported to the hospital with severe injuries. She later died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

A witness later told police that she followed the suspect's vehicle and identified the license plate as SDW-895, a Minnesota plate registered to a Toyota Camry and a Minneapolis resident, the complaint said. A woman at the address said her family owned the vehicle and her brother, later identified as Ali, currently possessed the car. 

Police located the vehicle July 5 and towed from a Minneapolis street. The vehicle matched the light-blue description of the suspect's vehicle, had several dents, a missing window on the driver's side and a missing rear-view mirror.

A light-blue, rear-view mirror was recovered at the scene, the complaint said.

At around 7:30 p.m. July 5, Ali called police reporting that he was the person involved in the hit-and-run crash. Ali said someone was shooting at his car, so he took off and didn't know what or who he hit, according to the complaint. Ali's mother told police that her son said he thought that he hit a bicyclist.

Hanson died of her injuries at about 10:21 a.m. July 5.

Her family said was headed to her boyfriend's house. 

According to state driving records, Ali has a canceled license. The records also stated that Ali failed to appear or pay a fine in August 2012 in Dakota County, and January 2011 in Ramsey County.

In March 2011, Ali was accused of driving with no insurance in Hennepin County; and in June 2008 he was accused of a similar violation in Ramsey County.

According to court records, Ali has been convicted of disorderly conduct, carrying a pistol in a public place, fleeing police in a vehicle and giving a false name to police.

Before the arrest, the Hanson family gathered to remember their daughter and ask for the driver to come forward.  

"We're not out for blood, it's not an eye for an eye type of deal, but we want justice too. And the sooner you come to the better it's going to be for that person and for us," Hanson's father said.

Ali remains in custody at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis.

People in the Whittier neighborhood say speeding down Pleasant and 28th Street and running stop signs goes on all day. The city confirmed that its Public Works Department is looking into the problem.