Man arrested in fatal Dinkytown hit and run

5:03 PM, Apr 23, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A 29-year-old man with a criminal history is in custody in connection with a deadly hit and run in Dinkytown near the U of M last Friday.

Minneapolis Police Sergeant Stephen McCarty says the man was arrested Thursday after tips and information from witnesses led investigators to the suspect. He is believed to be the driver of a car that drove the wrong way down a one-way street then plowed into a crowd of people walking near 5th Street SE and 12th Avenue SE.

Benjamin Van Handel of Appleton, Wis. suffered severe head injuries in the incident and died in the hospital Thursday afternoon. Two female U of M students were also hospitalized after being hit by the vehicle but they are recovering from their injuries.

A search of the suspect's criminal record shows previous convictions on charges of DWI, drug possession and careless driving. KARE 11 does not name suspects until they are formally charged.

Investigators had released pictures of broken parts that came from the vehicle, described as an early-2000 Toyota Camry or Solara. It's not clear whether those pictures played a part in identifying the suspect.

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