St. Paul man charged for fatal collision in Brooklyn Park


A St. Paul man was charged for causing a fatal collision in Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Adam Pattishall, 22, faces one count of criminal vehicular homicide, one count of criminal vehicular operation — great bodily harm, and another count of third-degree drug possession.

He is scheduled to make his first appearance May 18 at 1:30 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, around 7:18 a.m. on May 15, an Osseo police officer saw a white Chevrolet Silverado quickly drive out of a parking bay as he approached another vehicle with an obstructed license plate parked at a business on County Road 81.

The officer noted the Silverado being driven by a white male, who turned out to be Pattishall.

After driving southbound on County Highway 81 for just over a mile, Pattishall slammed his truck into a red Kia Sportage which was stopped at a red light at the intersection of County Road 81 and Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Park, the complaint states.

The impact propelled the Kia Sportage to the center of the intersection, while the truck Pattishall was driving ended up on the side of Highway 81. There were two people in the Sportage when they were struck from behind by Pattishall. The male driver was found dead at the scene, while the female passenger was transported to a hospital where she remains in critical condition, the complaint continues.

Witnesses to the accident told investigators that the Silverado seemed to be traveling over 70 mph, while the speed limit in the area is 45 mph. Another informed them that the Silverado did not appear to attempt to stop as no brake lights were illuminated, the complaint says.

After hitting the Sportage, Pattishall, who was seen wearing a highly reflective vest with a white long-sleeve top and white pants, ran from the scene to a nearby gas station. There he changed in the women’s bathroom, the complaint states. When officers searched the bathroom, they found a white sweatshirt and Chevrolet key fob. A reflective vest was located close by.

When Pattishall was arrested, officers found nearly 13 grams of drugs on him. Field tests determined the substances to be methamphetamine and fentanyl. He also informed officers that he had used heroin before being arrested. A search warrant for his blood was obtained and test results are being processed, the complaint says.

Police were able to determine that the Silverado being driven by Pattishall was stolen from a business during a burglary on May 15. That incident is being investigated.

View the criminal complaint (PDF)