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2 killed in Owatonna crash after fleeing police

Updated: August 30, 2019 06:49 PM

Two people were killed in a crash in Owatonna Thursday morning.

Owatonna Police said officers were called to a reported domestic assault on the 100-200 block of 21st Street NW at about 11:40 a.m. Police said two people left the area in a vehicle before police arrived, but police saw the suspect's vehicle traveling west on 26th Street near Interstate 35 a short time later.

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As police tried to stop the vehicle, the driver turned south onto I-35 and began fleeing at a high rate of speed. Police said as the vehicle exited at West Bridge Street it crashed into a post at the end of the off-ramp.

Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the occupants as 42-year-old Louis Bennett, of Owatonna, who was driving, and his 24-year-old passenger Sauda Abubakar Maani, of Rochester.

The crash remains under investigation.

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