Car pieces could be key to solving hit and run puzzle

9:28 PM, Apr 19, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Police investigators hope plastic car pieces recovered from the scene of a hit and run in Dinkytown last week will lead to the driver responsible.

The parts are from a car that struck 3 students early Friday as they walked near 5th Street Southeast and 12th Avenue Southeast by a driver going the wrong way down a one-way street.

Two women, U of M seniors just weeks from graduating, were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. The third victim, 23-year-old Benjamin Van Handel of Appleton, Wisconsin, suffered a serious brain injury and broken bones. He is listed in critical condition.

Police believe the plastic car parts recovered from the scene are from the grill or front part of the bumper. The two pieces seem to fit together, and the spaces in the plastic grid are described as 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch.

Originally the suspect vehicle was described as an early-2000's white Toyota Camry or Solara. If you spot a vehicle with this type of front end damage Minneapolis police want to hear from you.   

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