Uber Driver Hit in Friday Night Collision Dies

March 20, 2018 05:22 AM

An Uber driver hospitalized after a crash Friday night in north Minneapolis has died, according to police.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said 48-year-old Abdishakur Sandiko succumbed to his injuries Monday afternoon. 


Elder said the crash occurred about 9:25 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Plymouth and Lyndale avenues north. 

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Investigators said they believe Sandiko's car was eastbound on Plymouth Avenue while an SUV was southbound on Lyndale Avenue when the vehicles collided in the intersection. 

Sandiko's vehicle then struck an electrical box that cut power to nearby neighborhoods for several hours, authorities said. 

Officers arrested the SUV's driver, 42-year-old Emery Winford, following the crash. He remains in jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation.

Christopher Patrick, Sandiko's passenger, suffered a puncture to his right leg and bruising. He was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and released later Friday. 

Winford was also treated at HCMC for injuries that were not life threatening.

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Patrick said in an interview Saturday 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."

According to Sandiko's uncle, Abdul Abdirahman, Sandiko was married, and a father of five children ranging in ages 1-10. Abdirahman added Sandiko had lived in the Twin Cities for nearly 20 years. 


Michael Oakes

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