According to the State Patrol, a trooper saw a stolen silver Ford Escape going east near the Interstate 94 tunnel around 1:15 a.m. The driver exited southbound on Highway 55, then exited again on Cedar Avenue.
At the end of the Cedar ramp, troopers attempted to stop the Escape, but the driver did not stop. State Patrol called the chase off after four blocks.
The Escape continued on Cedar, crashing into another vehicle at 35th Street. Three adults in the second vehicle died in the crash. The driver of the Escape and four passengers were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
The driver, identified as 18-year-old Dayquan Hodge, is in police custody, according to State Patrol.
The State Patrol identified the three victims as 64-year-old Kenneth Carpentier and 65-year-old Sheryl Carpentier of Arizona and 48-year-old Kimberly Gunderson of Minneapolis.
Sheryl Carpentier's brother, Robert Goodsell, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the family is in "shock and denial" over the sudden tragedy, which started for everyone with a phone call in the middle of the night.
"My wife was on the phone and I heard her say, 'All three of them? All three of them are dead?'" Goodsell said. "It was then I knew something very bad happened, but this is just devastating because they were the kindest, most loving people you could find."
Goodsell said his sister and her husband were giving Gunderson a ride home and the timing of their vehicle being in the middle of that intersection when the suspect's car sped through is hard to comprehend.
"Two seconds, and I mean literally two seconds, sooner, or later, and they get through that intersection safely," Goodsell said. "It is no more than a blink of an eye and in that short time span everything has changed for the family and they're gone now."
Sheryl Carpentier and Gunderson were not wearing seat belts, according to the incident report.
A GoFundMe has been created for the family of the victims.
Also in the Escape driven by Hodge were a 16-year-old girl and three teen boys, ages 13, 16 and 14. Only Hodge was wearing a seat belt, according to State Patrol.
More from KSTP:
Multiple witnesses tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they heard a loud boom at the time of the crash.
The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating.
Tommy Wiita & Anthony Brousseau & Jay Kolls
Updated: September 23, 2018 10:12 PM
Created: September 23, 2018 08:22 AM
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