June 14, 2019 06:15 PM
A Chaska mother and her college-age daughter are still recovering from serious injuries suffered in a car crash earlier this week.
Police believe the driver who hit them was high on drugs.
Investigators said Tracie and Hanna Peterson had to be cut out of their mangled car Monday morning, after being "T-boned" by Mohamed Abdilahi at the intersection of US Highway 169 and Highway 41.
“There’s a sense of shock, but very hopeful,” said Reggie Klindworth, Senior Pastor at Crown of Glory Church in Chaska, where the Petersons are members.
“As soon as people I heard, I had text messages, phone calls, emails, and people just reaching out saying what can we do,” said Klindworth.
According to the criminal complaint, witnesses reported Abdilahi swerving before the crash. Police said he gave conflicting stories about what happened, but suspected he was high on drugs.
His car hit directly on the driver side door, so Tracie – who is a roaming youth minister -- suffered the worst. She is now recovering from several broken bones and internal injuries.
“She's going to have a long recovery. She's in good hands, I know that. But they are just going to take it day to day,” Klindworth added.
Hanna could be released from the hospital as early as Friday.
Abdilahi has been charged with four felonies related a crash that caused injury, and being under the influence.
The church has set up a special account to benefit the Peterson family. Checks can be sent to Old National Bank at 120 Pioneer Trail in Chaska, MN 55318. Online transfers can also be made to the account number 1001916822, using routing number 086300012.
Updated: June 14, 2019 06:15 PM
Created: June 14, 2019 04:51 PM
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