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Wrong-way driver was drunk when he killed two teens on I-94, homicide charges say

The victims had graduated just three months earlier.

Criminal charges have been filed in the wrong-way crash that killed two teens on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis last month.

Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, is now formally accused of criminal vehicular homicide, with Hennepin County prosecutors saying he was drunk when he crashed into the victims' car early Tuesday, Sept. 26. 

According to the criminal complaint, surveillance cameras show Tran's BMW going the wrong way down North 4th Street around 1:30 a.m. that morning, and then heading north onto a southbound section of Interstate 94.

Shortly thereafter, the Osseo resident slammed head-on into the Toyota Camry carrying Diana Rojas-Martinez, 18, and Chris Buñay, 19, both of Minneapolis.

Both died at the scene, while Tran was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. 

It was there that authorities noticed Tran's bloodshot eyes, and "the odor of an alcoholic beverage" while trying to draw his blood for an analysis, the charges say.

The results of that analysis haven't come back yet, however. 

The Star Tribune says Tran is currently in jail without bail, and has his first court appearance Friday.

Rojas-Martinez and Buñay had graduated from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School just three months before, according to an announcement from the school.

"They were fierce friends, hard-working students and driven to succeed in all parts of their lives," the announcement said. "They will be dearly missed by the entire Cristo Rey Jesuit family."

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