St. Paul man charged for involvement in fatal car crash


A St. Paul man has been charged for his involvement in a fatal car crash on Highway 169, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Selmon Rogers, 58, was charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation.

Rogers is scheduled to make his first appearance Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, on January 28, 2021, state troopers responded to a car crash on the southbound lanes of Highway 169 just south of the Bren Road Overpass. A male victim was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Highway video cameras captured the crash and show Rogers cross between an opening in the median barrier before driving the wrong direction on the highway.

A crash construction specialist with the Minnesota State Patrol concluded that the crash was caused by Rogers driving the wrong way on the highway and failing to take any evasive or corrective action to avoid the collision, the complaint continues.

Rogers was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where blood tests revealed he had THC, cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and norfentanyl in his system at the time of the deadly crash.

View the criminal complaint for Selmon Rogers (PDF)