State Patrol: Driver in wrong-way crash flees, found dead hours later

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The driver of a vehicle that crashed while going the wrong way was later found dead after fleeing the scene, according to the State Patrol.

The patrol's incident report, which you can read here, says a Nissan Altima was going the wrong direction in the northbound lanes of Highway 280 near University Avenue in St. Paul, shortly after 2:20 a.m. Sunday.

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The Altima then collided head-on with a Hyundai Elantra that was going the correct direction.

The driver of the Altima, a 30-year-old from St. Paul, then ran from the scene on foot. The State Patrol says officers searched the crash area but he couldn't be found.

Eight hours later, St. Paul Police located the driver, dead on a University of Minnesota transit road about a quarter mile from the scene.

The State Patrol believes he jumped over a guard rail and fell about 40 feet.

Alcohol was detected on him, the State Patrol says.

The driver of the Elantra meanwhile, 35-year-old Hor El of New Brighton, suffered a serious injury and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

There were two passengers in each of the two vehicles – all four suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The deceased driver has not been identified by authorities. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner is handling the death investigation.

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