Publish date:

Charges: Driver was drunk, speeding in Brooklyn Center crash that killed 1-year-old son

A total of five children were in the back seat at the time, according to the charges.
The scene of the crash later that day.

The scene of the crash later that day.

The man behind the wheel of a car as it crashed into an overpass barricade and fell onto the interstate below, killing a 1-year-old boy, was drunk and speeding while five children were in the back seat.

Hakeem Miller, 25, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two gross misdemeanor counts of endangering a child in connection with Sunday's fatal crash in Brooklyn Center. 

The State Patrol said a Ford Explorer struck the barrier on the Dupont Avenue North overpass around 2:30 a.m., flipped over the fence and plunged to I-94 below. The car landed on its trunk before tipping on to its roof, a witness said.

A 1-year-old child, identified as Miller's son, died in the crash. He'd been sitting unsecured on the lap of a 9-year-old, who was in the back behind the driver's seat at the time of the wreck. The 1-year-old was unresponsive and not breathing when first responders arrived, the complaint states, and later died at the hospital.

Three additional children, ages 3, 5 and 9, were also in the back seat of the car, according to the charges. They and the second 9-year-old had bruises, scrapes and cuts due to the crash, but were not seriously injured.

The seventh and final occupant, a 25-year-old woman from Minneapolis, was in the front passenger seat and suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

At the scene, state troopers say they noticed Miller's left eye (his right is missing from a previous incident) was bloodshot and watery, and that he smelled of alcohol, according to the complaint. They described Miller as distraught due to the critical injuries to his 1-year-old son, and said they could not conduct field sobriety tests immediately. 

A preliminary breath test administered a bit later came back with a 0.09% BAC, the charges state. Miller told troopers he had been drinking but said it was only one beer, according to the complaint.

Investigators spoke with the kids after the wreck. According to the charges, they described Miller as driving very fast and frequently swerving back and forth just prior to the crash. Surveillance video also showed the vehicle traveling at a "high rate of speed," the charges say. 

Miller's first court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to court records.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-09-16 at 6.56.30 PM

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for central MN, part of Twin Cities

A line of storms is making its way across the state.

Flickr - Enbridge Line 3 Palisade - Lorie Shaull

DNR orders Enbridge to pay $3.32M over Line 3 environmental violations

The pipeline company breached a groundwater aquifer, causing water to flow uncontrolled into a trench.

Eric Kendricks

Eric Kendricks misses practice, lands on injury report

The star linebacker headlines a lengthy list ahead of Week 2.

WIkimedia commons covid vaccine moderna

3 Twin Cities counties reach 16+ vaccination rate of 80%

More than 8 in 10 residents of that age group have gotten at least one dose.

Flickr - Burlington store exterior -

New Burlington location opens in Minneapolis Friday

To celebrate, the company is donating $50K to a neighborhood group and nearby school.

Top Ten Liquors Minnetonka rendering

Top Ten Liquors plans another Twin Cities location

The high-end wine bar and grocery space would take over a former Champps.

London Michael Bean go fund me

Teen charged with fatal shooting of 12-year-old London Bean

A warrant has been issued for the 18-year-old's arrest.

Minnesota Wild

Wild announce national TV broadcast schedule

The Wild will have 13 games nationally televised this season

suni lee

St. Paul's Suni Lee named to Time's list of 100 Most Influential People

Lee won three medals at the Tokyo Olympics, including an all-around gold.

Dunn County WI homicide suspect

1 arrested in quadruple killing, with 'armed and dangerous' suspect at large

The four victims were found in an abandoned SUV in rural Wisconsin.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Rape, incest suspect from Indiana is caught in St. Cloud

The 40-year-old was found in an apartment building.

Rep Tim Miller mn leg

MN rep calls upholding of TX abortion law 'great news for America'

Rep. Tim Miller also outlined a new abortion-related bill he plans to introduce.

Related

Will and Cully Craig, Facebook

Dump truck driver charged in fatal crash that killed couple in 2019

The dump truck slammed into the back of their car, splitting it in half, the charges state.

Motzko and Schuneman

Driver in crash that killed Motzko, Schundeman released from custody

Authorities say he was driving during the crash that killed Sam Schuneman and Mack Motzko.

Go Fund Me - Mohamed Hassan

Charges: 20-year-old killed in parking ramp was shot once in the back

Authorities say he'd raised his hands in the air as though surrendering when he was shot.

ambulance

Driver charged with homicide in crash that killed Brooklyn Center teen

The victim was a sophomore at Minneapolis North High School.

hospital, emergency room

Charges: Driver was going 71 mph in 25 mph zone before crash that killed teen

The vehicle went airborne and slammed into the wall, killing a teenage passenger.

Lowry Hill Tunnel

Driver thrown from vehicle in crash just outside Lowry Hill Tunnel

The State Patrol says she lost control of the vehicle on the subsequent curve.

Dychaun Chew - South High School Facebook

Charges: Driver was going 55 mph, blew stop sign in crash that killed teen

High school sophomore Dychaun Lavonte Chew died after being hit.