Women drowned in Chaska pond after car crash, police find

The two Shakopee women died in the early hours of Oct. 13.
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Bushra Abdi and Zeynab Abdalla

The deaths of two Shakopee women in a Chaska pond this past October was caused by a car crash, police have found.

Chaska Police Department has released the findings into the deaths of Zeynab Abdalla and Bushra Abdi, both 19, who drowned in the pond off of Hwy. 41 and White Oak Drive on Oct. 13.

A reconstruction by police found that the driver – likely Abdalla – was traveling south on Hwy. 41 at approximately 44 mph. That was too fast for the curve in the highway, with their car leaving the road and landing in the adjacent pond, sinking to the bottom of a 9-feet-deep pond.

The two women were found outside of the car in the water, having drowned. 

"No information of evidence exists that this incident was anything more than a traffic crash that resulted in the tragic deaths of two young women."

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The pair had left their respective workplaces – one in Shakopee, the other from Chaska – during a break at around 3 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 13.

A 911 call for help later came from one of their phones, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota (CAIR-MN).

Their bodies were found in the pond on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 14, with members of their families, the Somali-American community, and many more holding a vigil while divers searched the pond.

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