Driver Charged in Fatal Highway 252 Head-On Collision

Driver Charged in Fatal Highway 252 Head-On Collision Photo: KSTP/File

March 01, 2018 06:23 PM

The driver involved in a fatal head-on collision that killed a 911 dispatcher was charged Thursday.

A criminal complaint states 73-year-old Richard John Morie Shaka of Blaine is charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.


According to the complaint, on the evening of Feb. 17, state troopers were called to a section of Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park on a report of a fatal crash.

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When officers arrived, they found a Toyota Sequoia and Hyundai Elantra had been involved in the crash. Both vehicles suffered "extensive" damage.

The complaint said the driver of the Hyundai — later identified as 30-year-old Jenna Lynn Bixby of Nowthen — was pronounced dead on scene.

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Troopers identified the driver of the Toyota as Shaka.

Emergency medical personnel told investigators that while tending to Shaka's injuries, they noticed he had "an overwhelming odor of consumed alcoholic beverage emanating from him."

Blood analysis done by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension revealed Shaka had a .168 blood alcohol concentration, according to the complaint.

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The charges against Shaka were filed via a warrant. Shaka is still at North Memorial Medical Center recovering from injuries sustained during the collision.

Hospital staff said he is in fair condition.  


Ben Rodgers

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