Man pleads guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for running over woman in alley

Jeffrey Anthony Cruz Photo: Minneapolis Police Department
Jeffrey Anthony Cruz

January 28, 2019 07:26 PM

A man accused of running over a woman in a Minneapolis alley in 2017 pleaded guilty Monday to criminal vehicular homicide and DWI.

Court records show Jeffrey Anthony Cruz, 52, entered the pleas in Hennepin County court. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.

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The criminal complaint states that a woman initially told police Cruz was drunk and she did not want him to drive. According to the report, Cruz told officers he had only had a "couple of beers and she was trying to get him in trouble."

The report said officers told him to leave but not drive.

Police were called again 20 minutes later, the report states, on reports of the couple in the alley arguing.

Then,  police were called back by witnesses who reported taking video of Cruz running over the woman. The complaint states she was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with brain bleeds, fractured left ribs, a collapsed left lung, a broken jaw and fractures to her jaw and sternum.

The report said the video and witness accounts indicate the woman stood with her back to the van, and Cruz kept inching the vehicle forward while she gave ground. She then reportedly turned around and put her hands on the van's hood. That's when Cruz is alleged to have accelerated, knocking her to the ground and reportedly running her over.

He is reported to have then continued on without stopping. The woman died over two months later.

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