Driver charged with killing pedestrian

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis man has been charged with two crimes for striking and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Howard William Amos, 36, was charged Friday with simple robbery and fleeing police in a motor vehicle resulting in a death. 

According to the criminal complaint, officers on patrol saw Amos' black SUV speeding and driving recklessly in the area of Emerson and 33rd Avenues North just before 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and tried to stop the vehicle. Police say that's when he fled at a high rate of speed, striking 16-year-old Diana Ivette Garcia-Alvarado of Phoenix.

Garcia-Alvarado's boyfriend told police that he and Diana had walked to a store for milk and were heading home when they heard sirens and saw a vehicle with its lights off coming towards them as they stood on the grassy median of the roundabout at 36th and Emerson Avenues.

He says Diana panicked and ran across the street and made it to the far curb. According to police, Amos' SUV hit the roundabout and bounced the vehicle over to the curb where Garcia-Alvarado was standing.

Garcia-Alverado was rushed to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she was pronounced dead from multiple blunt force injuries. Doctors also reported that she was about 12 weeks pregnant, according to the complaint.

Investigators say after striking Garcia-Alverado, Amos kept driving, eventually jumping out of his SUV, which crashed into a number of parked vehicles. 

A handgun was located inside the vehicle.

Freeman says it is possible Amos will face more charges.


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