Uber Driver Critically Injured in Crash

March 18, 2018 03:49 PM

A Minneapolis Uber driver was seriously injured after a crash Friday night that sent a total of three people to the hospital.

Forty-eight-year-old Abdishakur Sandiko is listed in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. 

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Sandiko’s passenger and the driver of an SUV that was involved in the crash were also transported to HCMC and were treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

That passenger, Christopher Patrick, confirmed Sandiko was an Uber driver who had picked him up before the crash occurred.

“He’s a really nice guy,” Patrick said during an interview Saturday. “He picked me up and he was really well spoken.”

John Elder, a spokesman with the Minneapolis Police Department, said the crash occurred around 9:25 p.m. at the intersection of Plymouth Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue North. Investigators believe Sandiko’s car was eastbound on Plymouth Avenue and the SUV was southbound on Lyndale Avenue when “the vehicles struck in the intersection,” according to a press release.

Elder said the car then hit an electrical box that cut off power to nearby neighborhoods for several hours.

Patrick said the impact happened quickly.

“I was looking at my phone and out of nowhere we got sideswiped really hard by a vehicle,” he said. “[Sandiko] was unconscious from the second of impact.”

Patrick suffered from a puncture to his right leg and bruising. He was released from HCMC late Friday night.

An incident report from police shows officers arrested 42-year-old Emery Winford Friday night. Investigators said Winford was behind the wheel of the SUV. He’s being held in jail on suspicion of Criminal Vehicular Operation. He has not been charged with any crime.

Minneapolis police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but preliminary results show that speed, failure to yield and alcohol could have been contributing factors.

An Uber spokesperson responded Sunday:

"We have been in touch with the driver's family and the rider and wish them a speedy and full recovery. Our thoughts continue to be with the driver, and we stand ready to assist police with their investigation."

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