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Driver involved in Scott County crash that seriously injured 2 people is charged

Mohamed Abdirahman Abdilahi Photo: Dakota County Jail
Mohamed Abdirahman Abdilahi

June 12, 2019 04:36 PM

The driver involved in a Scott County crash that seriously injured two people has been charged.

Court documents show Mohamed Abdirahman Abdilahi, 25, was charged Wednesday with two counts of criminal vehicular operation (gross negligence) and two counts of criminal vehicular operation (under the influence of a controlled substance) in connection to the crash.

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Troopers and medical personnel were called to a crash at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 41 in Jackson Township Monday.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Nissan Altima, driven by Tracie Peterson, was turning from Highway 41 onto northbound Highway 169 when it was "T-boned" by a Honda Accord, which was driven by Abdilahi.

Peterson and her passenger, Hanna Peterson, both suffered life-threatening injuries, including multiple fractures, and had to be extricated from their vehicle before being taken to a hospital.

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A trooper saw Abdilahi sitting on the ground near the media traffic signal and noticed he appeared sluggish and dazed, the affidavit states. The trooper confirmed Abdilahi was driving with a revoked license and asked him where he was going.

The affidavit states Abdilahi said he was going "home," but the trooper learned his home was in the opposite direction of the way he was traveling.

As he continued to look drowsy, the affidavit states the trooper asked Abdilahi to participate in field sobriety tests, which he failed. Because he didn't smell alcohol, the trooper assumed Abdilahi was under the influence of drugs, it states.

Abdilahi was then arrested and results of a blood draw are pending.

In later talking to troopers, Abdilahi repeatedly changed his story, the affidavit states, first saying he was coming from work to his girlfriend's house when a vehicle suddenly hit him, then saying he was coming from his girlfriend's house and he "dozed off probably for a second," then saying he didn't fall asleep at all.

The crash was recorded on freeway cameras.

Abdilahi is scheduled to make his first court appearance on June 24. Each count is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

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