Reckless driver pleads guilty to killing a pedestrian, expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to killing a pedestrian with his car and is expected to be sentenced to 240 months in prison, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Howard William Amos, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle resulting in the death of Diana I. Garcia-Alvarado, 16, of Phoenix, AZ.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 9:55 p.m. Sept.2, a Minneapolis police squad saw Amos’ black SUV speeding and run over the center median at 33rd Avenue North. He then continued at a high speed north on Emerson Avenue North. The police officers turned on their lights and sirens to get him to pull over. Instead, Amos accelerated to at least 55 miles per hour and ran through a stop sign at 34th Avenue.

Garcia-Alvarado’s boyfriend told police that the couple had walked to a store for milk and were heading home when they heard the sirens and saw a vehicle with its lights off coming toward them as they stood on the grassy median of the roundabout at 36th and Emerson. Garcia-Alvarado panicked and ran across the street and made it to the far curb. However, Amos’ SUV hit the roundabout and bounced the vehicle over to the curb where Garcia-Alvarado was standing, the complaint states.

Garcia-Alvarado was taken to the hospital, where she died a short time later.

Amos will be sentenced on April 7.