Charges were filed Tuesday against a Minneapolis man allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run crash that killed 24-year-old bicyclist Jessica Hanson last week.
Hanson was hit at the intersection of 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South at about 10:30 p.m. the night of July 3. According to police, she was riding her bike to her boyfriend's house when a car speeding north on Pleasant Avenue, without its headlights on, ran a stop sign and struck her.
The driver of that car, 24-year-old Abdirahman Abdi Ali, turned himself into Minneapolis police Monday morning. He was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
"All I heard was, 'We got him,' before I just dropped everything and started crying," said Justin Beckman, Hanson's boyfriend, after learning of Ali's arrest. "It's a huge weight off our shoulders."
According to the charges, a witness was able to give Minneapolis police the license plate information on the suspect's car, which led investigators to Ali. Friday night, Ali called police and admitted he had hit a person with his car on Pleasant Avenue, but said someone was shooting at his car as he sped away.
According to police, Ali's driver's license was revoked at the time of the crash.