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21-year-old man arrested in St. Thomas student's death

He's accused of fleeing the scene of the fatal crash.

The driver suspected of leaving the scene of the crash that killed a University of St. Thomas student over the weekend is now in custody.

The 21-year-old was arrested at a home in Wright County on Tuesday morning, Minneapolis police said in a news release.

This ends a search that started on Sunday morning, when witnesses saw a man – believed to be the suspect – running away from a car wreck at the intersection of Stinson Boulevard Northeast and Ridgeway Parkway.

Ria Patel, 20, was subsequently found trapped inside the vehicle, and though officers were able to free her, police said, paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. 

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Sgt. Catherine Michael of the Minneapolis Police Department the suspect was taken to a hospital for evaluation after his arrest, and then booked into the Hennepin County Jail for criminal vehicular homicide. He has not been formally charged. 

The investigation is still ongoing, so details about what led up to the crash have not been made available yet. 

The victim

Patel was a business and finance major at St. Thomas, according to KARE 11.

The station says she moved to Minnesota with her uncle from the United Kingdom 10 years ago. 

There was a memorial service for the 20-year-old Monday night at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple in Brooklyn Center, according to the University of St. Thomas

The school says funeral plans will be announced soon. 

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