MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities have identified the teenage girl who was struck and killed by a driver as he fled from police late Friday.
Officers on patrol saw the driver speeding and driving recklessly in the area of Emerson and 36th Avenues North just before 10 p.m. Friday and tried to stop the vehicle. That's when the driver reportedly fled at a high rate of speed, striking 16-year-old Diana Ivette Garcia-Alvarado of Phoenix. Garcia-Alverado was rushed to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she was pronounced dead from multiple blunt force injuries.
Investigators say after striking the victim the suspect kept driving, eventually jumping out of the moving car, which crashed into a number of parked vehicles. A handgun was located inside the vehicle.
The suspect ran from the scene on foot, but was caught a block away as he tried to carjack a family. A computer check revealed the man was wanted on two outstanding criminal warrants. A blood sample taken from the suspect is being tested at the BCA labs to see if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center to be treated for injuries from the crash, and then will be booked into the Hennepin County Jail.