Eagan mom dies two months after horrific car crash

She suffered brain injuries when a semi truck ran a red light at an intersection.
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After more than two months fighting for her life in the hospital, the Eagan mom who was seriously hurt in a car crash involving a semi truck has succumbed to her injuries.

On the morning of August 13, 33-year-old Alayna Tanaka was driving her SUV through an intersection in Eagan when the semi truck ran a red light, striking her vehicle from the side.

The crash sent the truck onto its side, spilling its haul on the road,  while Tanaka suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as numerous broken bones.

Tanaka never recovered from her brain injuries and remained in a "persistent vegetative state," according to an update on her CaringBridge profile earlier this month. 

In that same update, her husband announced the family's decision to "move Alayna into hospice care," as it had become increasingly clear that "a recovery that would be meaningful to her is not possible."

She died on Thursday afternoon. 

Tanaka was the mother of two young children, a two-year-old and an infant, who thankfully were not with her at the time of the accident. 

Her husband posted the following on CaringBridge:

"Family, friends, and those that have been walking this journey with us, Alayna passed away this afternoon at 4:50pm. In that final moment she was surrounded by myself, our kids Ruth and Henry, and other family members close to her. I can’t thank everyone enough for blanketing us in prayers the past two months and supporting us in so many different ways. Please continue to pray for us as we navigate these next few days and begin the next chapter of our life without Alayna. Memorial service details are being arranged and will be included in an update here.

According to the Pioneer Press, the driver of the semi, a 50-year-old man from Randolph, was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the crash and later released.

It's not clear if he's facing any legal issues over the accident, but the Eagan Enterprise reports that he has "a history of at least 11 offenses in the state, including speeding and other motor vehicle offenses."

Local police "refused to comment" on whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of crash, the publication says.

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