Minneapolis woman charged in fatal New Year’s Eve hit & run

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A Minneapolis woman was charged in the fatal New Year’s Eve collision, which killed 37-year-old Aisha Freels, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Donella Shanice Day, 27, was charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide as the driver who caused the collision and left the scene.

“You’ve got to stop,” Freeman said. “That is part of being a citizen, a resident, a neighbor. “

According to the criminal complaint, Freels was walking across Lyndale Avenue North near 40th Street to get into a waiting taxicab when she was struck by a blue sedan driving approximately 45 miles per hour.

The cab driver stated that Freels was hit by the center of the car, causing her body to strike the hood and windshield. Emergency medical personnel declared her dead at the scene.

During the course of their investigation, officers received information that Day was the driver of the car. She admitted she was going southbound on Lyndale when she hit Freels. Day stated that she had gone to the liquor store and was on the way to a friend’s house when she saw a woman in the street and the next thing she noticed was glass in her face. Officers recovered a blue car with significant damage to the windshield from Day’s garage.

Surveillance video obtained from the area corroborates the witness and Day’s version of what transpired.

Day made her first appearance Tuesday afternoon and bail was set at $50,000.