Said Maye found guilty in fatal hit-and-run from August 2020


Said Maye, 35, of New Hope, was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder for fatally hitting a male victim with his vehicle in August 2020, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

On Nov. 18, a Hennepin County jury deliberated for nine hours before reaching a guilty verdict on the unintentional second-degree murder count. Maye was not found guilty of intentional second-degree murder.

Maye is scheduled for sentencing December 10 at 3:30 p.m. Per Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, Maye is expected to receive a sentence between 128–180 months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, on August 24, 2020, Minneapolis Police went to the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue around 2:25 a.m. in response to a hit-and-run.

Upon arriving, police spoke with a witness who was with the male victim and Maye at a bar that night. The witness further told investigators that Maye was upset with both of them throughout the course of the evening, the complaint states.

When the victim left the bar, the witness watched as the victim started to get into his car. It was then that Maye drove his vehicle into the victim’s car, and pinned him against the vehicle, the complaint continues. The witness also told police that Maye crossed into the opposite lane to hit the victim.

After striking the victim, Maye fled the scene. Police eventually found the vehicle Maye used which was damaged from the collision, and supported what the witness had told them occurred, the complaint says. Investigators also received an anonymous tip that Maye was the driver of the suspected vehicle that killed the victim.

View the criminal complaint against Maye (PDF).