Victim of fatal crash ID'd as St. Thomas student

MINNEAPOLIS - The passenger killed in a car crash in northeast Minneapolis early Sunday morning has been identified as a St. Thomas student.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 20-year-old Ria Patel. The University of St. Thomas posted on its website saying aarti (prayers) will be held for Patel, a junior at the school, on Monday at 7 p.m. at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple in Brooklyn Center.

Minneapolis police are searching for the man who was driving the car Patel was riding in when they crashed.

Authorities say the crash happened at an intersection in northeast Minneapolis just before 4 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found a car that had hit a stoplight. Patel was trapped inside. Officers freed her from the car and gave first aid, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness said the man driving the car ran away before police arrived. Officers used police dogs to search the area but could not find the suspect.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to text their tips to 847411 (TIP411). Enter MPD, a space, and then the information. All texts are anonymous.

The public may also call in their tips to police at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

© 2017 Associated Press


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