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Minister charged over wrong-way crash that killed 30-year-old 911 dispatcher

Jenna Bixby died on her way to work.
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The Essentials

1. Richard Shaka, 72, of Blaine has been charged in the wrong-way crash that killed 30-year-old Nowthen woman Jenna Bixby.

2. Bixby was heading south on Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park, on her way to work as a 911 dispatcher, when she was hit by a Toyota traveling north in the southbound lanes.

3. Shaka gave a blood-alcohol reading of .16, twice the legal driving limit of .08. He has been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide, which includes grossly negligent driving and DWI.

What Else You Should Know

Details about how Shaka came to be driving allegedly drunk and in the wrong direction have not yet been determined, because he's still in the hospital recovering from injuries he sustained in the crash.

He's been served with a warrant though, with prosecutors wanting him to stay in custody because of the seriousness of his charges and noting that he has ties to a foreign country – his native Sierra Leone.


– Husband pays tribute to wife killed in wrong-way crash.

The 72 year old taught theology at North Central University between 1996 and 2011, the Star Tribune reports, as well as founding All Nations Christian Assembly in northeast Minneapolis, where he was a senior pastor for 17 years.

When police arrived at the crash scene, they noticed "an overwhelming odor of consumed alcoholic beverage emanating from him," according to the criminal complaint.

Bixby, who was heading to her job as a 911 dispatcher for the City of Minneapolis when the crash happened, died at the scene.

Her husband Dan Bixby paid tribute on Facebook: "I know our relationship had been on the rocks, but please know that I never stopped loving you with all my heart and I will never stop loving you. Rest in Peace Jenna. I love you."

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