Vehicular homicide charges filed in Mpls. crash

MINNEAPOLIS - An Apple Valley man is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a St. Paul woman last week.

According to the criminal complaint, 30-year-old Israel Delos Santos was driving a Chevy Trailblazer north on Park Avenue South in Minneapolis when he ran a red light and struck a Honda Fit driven by 47-year-old Krista Sandstrom. The crash happened just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.

The complaint states that witnesses saw Delos Santos and his passenger get out of the car, appear to hide a liquor bottle in the grass, and then run away.

Police found Delos Santos not far away and he was arrested after some resistance, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. A blood sample was taken to determine if he was drunk, but results have not been reported.

Witnesses told police that Delos Santos had run three red lights on Park Avenue. The airbag control module from his Trailblazer indicated that the SUV was traveling at least 66 miles per hour at the time of the crash, and no brake was applied, according to the county attorney's office.

Delos Santos is charged with criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene of a death and for gross negligence in the crash. He is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

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