The driver of a stolen SUV is in custody after fleeing police and crashing into a truck that was carrying three people. Sadly, all three people in the truck were killed.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the deadly crash happened when the 18-year-old driver of the stolen SUV, identified as Dayquan Jayru Hodge of Minneapolis, fled state troopers on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis and then slammed into the truck outside Matt's Bar at 35th Street.
Kenny Carpentier, 64, and Sheryl Carpentier, 65, of Bullhead City, Arizona, and Kim Gunderson, 48, of Minneapolis, have been identified as the three people killed in the crash. Two of the occupants were not wearing a seat belt, the state patrols says.
There were also four teenagers, ages 13-16, riding in the stolen SUV. None of them were wearing a seat belt and all were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where their conditions are unknown.
The police chase started after a state trooper spotted a stolen Ford Escape going eastbound near the Interstate 94 tunnel at 1:16 a.m. The driver took the southbound Hwy. 55 exit and then went south on Cedar Ave., at which point multiple state troopers attempted to pull the vehicle over.
Hodge is accused of fleeing the troopers, who called off the chase after four blocks when they learned that a state patrol helicopter had eyes on them from above. Moments later Hodge crashed into the truck that was traveling westbound at 35th Street and Cedar.
According to WCCO, the Carpentiers leave behind a total of five children. A GoFundMe account has been created to help raise money for the victims' families.
The crash remains under investigation.