Minneapolis man sentenced for vehicular homicide

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 39 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for killing a young woman riding her bicycle, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 24, pleaded guilty in April, almost three years after the incident. The resolution of the case was delayed numerous times because of Ali changing lawyers and several medical events involving attorneys.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 3, 2013, the victim, 24-year-old Jessica Hanson, was riding her bicycle after dark. She was at the intersection of Pleasant Avenue South and West 28th Street when witnesses reported that a car, that was speeding and did not have its lights on, failed to stop at the intersection and collided with Hanson. She was seriously injured and died at Hennepin County Medical Center two days later.

Ali did not stop to help Hanson but sped away. A witness at the scene gave police the license plate number of the car. Ali turned himself in on July 5, 2013, after learning that police had traced the car to him.

At the sentencing, a photo of Hanson was placed on an easel in front of the packed courtroom. A five-minute video celebrating her life was shown and impact statements were read by Hanson’s mother, father, brother, sister and cousin. Two memory books were also shared with Hennepin County District Court Judge Fred Karasov.

Ali was ordered to pay $34,784.23 in restitution. Before being taken into custody, Judge Karasov admonished Ali for leaving the scene and making excuses for his actions.