Charges: Driver was on PCP before crash that killed pregnant woman

The collision happened late Thursday evening.
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A man has been charged with causing a "catastrophic" crash in Minneapolis that killed a woman who was eight months pregnant.

Mark Franklin Jr., 36, of Minneapolis, told police he had been using PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, prior to driving on Thursday night.

At around 10:10 p.m., he allegedly drove at a high rate of speed the wrong way down the 1300 block of Newton Avenue North – a one-way street – and crashed into a minivan containing 39-year-old Ubah Hussen.

Hussen, a mother of 10 who was eight months pregnant, suffered devastating injuries in the impact, and died before responders were able to extricate her from the vehicle.

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Her eldest son, Omar Ahmed, told WCCO that his father, who was seriously injured, was driving Hussen home from work at the time of the crash. 

Police arrived at the scene to find Franklin Jr. sitting down across the street from his vehicle. He told police that he didn't remember striking the minivan or any of the parked cars that he also collided with, saying he woke up after the collision and saw the damage.

He has been charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide, and three counts of criminal vehicular operation, including one for causing the death of an unborn child.

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