Apple valley man charged in fatal Park Avenue car crash


An Apple Valley man was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the crash that killed a St. Paul woman just south of downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Israel Delos Santos, 30, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene of a death and for gross negligence in the death of 47-year-old Krista Sandstrom. Delos Santos is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Sandstrom was driving her Honda Fit west on 15th Street East and had the green light just before 6 p.m. on Thursday. Delos Santos was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer north on Park Avenue South when he ran a red light and struck the Honda.

Witnesses saw Delos Santos and his passenger get out of the Trailblazer after the crash. The passenger appeared to hide a liquor bottle in nearby grass and then both ran away. Delos Santos was found by police not far away, and after some resistance, was handcuffed and put into an ambulance for a trip to Hennepin County Medical Center to check him for injuries and to obtain a blood sample to determine if he was drunk, the complaint states. The results of that blood-alcohol sample have not been reported.

Witnesses told police that Delos Santos appeared to be traveling about 70 miles per hour on Park Avenue and had run three red lights on the city street, according to the complaint. Investigators removed the airbag control module from the Trailblazer and its data indicated the SUV was traveling at least 66 miles per hour at the time of the crash and no brake was applied.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)