"All I heard was, 'We got him,' before I just dropped everything and started crying," said Justin Beckman, Hanson's boyfriend. "It's a huge weight off our shoulders. Now, we can just focus on her. We don't have to think about the person that is out there that could possibly do this to others and tear another family apart."
Police identified 24-year-old Abdirahman Abdi Ali as the suspect, and he turned himself in at 9:40 a.m. Monday. Ali was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on a charge of criminal vehicular operation.
"Mostly, the big break came from what the community had to tell police," said Lt. Rick Zimmerman. "We put pressure on family, friends and acquaintances to have him turn himself in."
Hanson was hit at the intersection of 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. According to police, she was riding her bike to her boyfriend's home when a vehicle that was speeding north on Pleasant Avenue without its headlights on ran through a stop sign and struck her.
The vehicle fled the scene after the crash, but police say light blue Toyota Camry involved was recovered on Friday night thanks to tips from the public.
According to Minneapolis police, Ali's driver's license was revoked at the time of the crash. It is not yet known whether alcohol was involved, but investigators say Ali knew he hit someone that night.
Hanson was immediately taken to HCMC, but died of her injuries on Friday. She was not wearing a bike helmet, police say.
A prayer service will be held at the crash site at 7 p.m. Monday.