Jessica Hanson, 24, killed while bicycling in hit and run near Lyn-Lake [UPDATE]

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:::: UPDATE :::: Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 24, arrested in connection with hit and run death of Jessica Hanson [MUGSHOT]

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, 24-year-old Jessica Hanson was biking to her boyfriend's house when she was struck by a car at the intersection of 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South.

SEE ALSO: Driver who hit Elyse Stern charged with felony hit and run, but not homicide

Hanson was taken to HCMC, where she died Friday. The driver of the vehicle that hit her remains on the loose, and police are asking for the public's help.

The MPD says the vehicle was headed northbound on Pleasant when it ran a stop sign and hit Hanson. It was speeding and didn't have its headlights on. But beyond that, police have little information about the vehicle, and on Saturday the MPD used its Facebook page to make another public plea for tips.

Hanson was a server at Republic in Calhoun Square who moved to the Uptown area after growing up in rural west-central Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports. She wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

"You couldn't talk to her without her mentioning she lived in Uptown," Hanson's uncle told the Strib. "She was the kind of girl who just wanted to spread her wings and go to the big city."

In the wake of the tragedy, Jeff Carlson, a neighbor of Hanson's, is putting together a petition asking for public safety improvements at the intersections of East 28th Street and Pleasant and Pillsbury Avenues. He plans to deliver it to Mayor Rybak, the Strib reports.

The issue, Carlson and other neighbors say, is that parked cars on 28th Street block the view of drivers trying to cross the street at Pleasant and Pillsbury, forcing them to dangerously edge forward into traffic in order to tell whether they're clear to go ahead and accelerate through the intersection.

Hanson's death comes months after Minneapolis's first bicycle fatality of the year. In late March, 28-year-old Elyse Stern was struck and killed by a vehicle as she biked through the intersection of East Lake Street and Cedar Avenue South. The driver of the car that hit her, 27-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez-Campoceco, was charged with felony hit and run and DWI.

:::: UPDATE ::::

KARE 11's Jana Shortal reports that an arrest has been made in connection with the hit and run that killed Hanson. Fox reports that the suspect is a 24-year-old man. We'll update as soon as more information is available.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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mohanlon3
mohanlon3

I bike this route to and from work every day.  I don't wear a helmet because it limits my vision and hearing to a great extent.  On Monday I rode by a white bicycle, attached to the light pole on the corner where she died.  It was covered in flowers.  It's hard to ride when you are crying your eyes out.  This could have very easily been me, or someone I love and care about..Because I have vision impairment I stop at all crossings.  I look both ways.  I ride as if cars are TRYING to hit me, and I still end up slamming my brakes on at least 4 times per four mile ride, every fucking day.  People are too busy talking on their phones, or only looking in the direction of oncoming cross traffic thus looking completely away from me, right beside them at the curb, waiting for the same light to change that they are.  All to no avail.  Don't blame the rider in this case, her only real mistake was to trust that her fellow man cared about her welfare.  Obviously this scum bucket doesn't give a shit about anybody and should be given a bicycle, with no helmet, to ride his loser ass back to wherever he came from.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Caleb, just because someone is on the road doesn't make them partially liable. Are you serious? I hope you never become a lawyer or at least are never my lawyer if I need one. I am pretty sure that if a drunk driver (not saying the driver was in this case) hits another motorist by blowing through a red light while the other motorist had a green light that the drunk driver will be the only one held criminally responsible, you can ask any law enforcement or attorney out there and they will tell you the same. Just like if someone rear ends someone in a traffic accident, it is the person that rear ends the persons fault, the other person is not liable for simply being on the road. Insurance companies don't see it that way, that's for sure.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Caleb...the motorist blew through a stop sign and was driving with his lights off at night...and you are still blaming the bicyclist. Mr. Peters, you have the guts to come on Facebook and say this, would you have the same guts to say these things to this poor girls parents face to face? My guess is probably not. Another internet tough guy. A girl lost her life after getting hit by a vehicle being driven by a person with an arrest sheet longer than a grocery list of most large families who was driving his headlights off at night and also blew through a stop sign and you somehow still blame the cyclist. As far as laws still being laws are concerned, well, it is still the law the stop at stop signs for motorists and also to have lights on at night, where for bicyclists having lights on is still not illegal, it may be stupid, but not illegal according to the law.

Ange Runnels
Ange Runnels

How many young people have to die or get injured before. We need better safety and laws applied to both motorists and cyclists .

koda1
koda1

 "Why we should NOT wear bike helmets." This has some interesting points. And anyone who is blaming the victim because she did not have a helmet, instead of the loser who drove his 1.5 ton car without headlights through a stop sign, stop being an idiot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07o-TASvIxY  

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

Another example of how socialism is bad for MN. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

raindeer7
raindeer7

I find it sad how people blame the victim you're pathetic and you're protecting the perpetrator, who I must say has already been arrested various times already, and how do you people protecting him know he didn't do it on purpose, because he thought he could get away with it? That's a possible motive?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

here's an idea!!!  dont bike down 28th street or 26th street-  they are one ways!  i drive 50+ on these sometimes as do many others.

if your on a bike - you must protect yourself from cars


thats all no victim blaming, just saying its dumb to bike down those 2 streets day or night

Benjamin Wilson
Benjamin Wilson

I think it is about time the Twin Cities moves the bicycle lanes into the curb, and move vehicle parking out into traffic.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

A hit and run is illegal, no matter how many laws the cyclist was breaking. So I am pretty sure that the Hit and Run trumps any of your assinine comments

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

It's PAINFULLY obvious Mr. Caleb, that you are just a troll being an ass. I used to commute EVERYDAY in MPLS for 1.5 years. I wore my helmet, had large, blinking lights on the front and rear of my bike. Wanna know how many times motorists did not see me? Too f-ing many. Also, When I was 12, I got hit by a nurse on her way to pick up her son from school. I was walking my bike up a hill, waited at the intersection, She saw me, and still went. Who's fault was that? Don't be an ass Caleb. Sometimes it is okay to be wrong.

Deana Poland
Deana Poland

Oh Caleb. I have a feeling you're a serial victim blamer. Never mind that the driver was breaking at least 3 laws, you still want to blame the victim. If she hadn't been using lights news outlets would have mentioned it in the very same sentence they mentioned she wasn't wearing a helmet. Stop blaming her. Judging by the intersection on google earth she didn't even have a stop sign. So stop it.

Mark Schanzenbach
Mark Schanzenbach

Caleb, your "tips" carry the implication that Jessica failed to either use lights or obey traffic laws. Those are baseless assumptions as far as I can tell. I've seen no mention of any of that.

Deana Poland
Deana Poland

I'm not gonna lie, I sometimes leave my helmet at home. I don't like wearing it. It's hot and it's my personal choice besides there's no guarantee that a helmet will save me. That's my choice. Saying she should have been wearing one is also victim blaming. How about "that asshole should have had his fucking lights on and obeyed a motherfucking stop sign." That sounds better to me. She'd still be here if those things had happened forget about the helmet.

Heather Angel
Heather Angel

The precautions we put in place to protect cyclists will only work if there are no real dangers. Example: An a--hole speeding through a residential neighborhood, with no lights on, causing a fatal accident and fleeing the scene. A helmet and flashing lights can only protect you so much. Sending positive thoughts to the victims family.

Deana Poland
Deana Poland

She probably had lights on her bike seeing as how every news outlet didn't mention that she wasn't using them as a way to somehow blame the victim.

Mark Schanzenbach
Mark Schanzenbach

Well by all means then, we'd better assume the worst of the recently-deceased hit-and-run victim. /s A vehicle, speeding down a residential street after dark with its headlights off, blew a stop sign and ran over a person on a bicycle. The fault lies with the perpetrator. Not the victim. If a pedestrian instead of a cyclist had the misfortune of being hit and killed, would you blame them for not having a piece of foam strapped to their head? Would you groundlessly assume that they were somehow flouting the law?

Mark Schanzenbach
Mark Schanzenbach

Re: plowing through intersections, tell that to the motorist who killed her. There is no indication that the cyclist did anything wrong here.

Eric Elvendahl
Eric Elvendahl

This sucks. I've had so many friends get hurt on their bikes this year. This person should get 2nd degree manslaughter. What kind of idiot drives at night on a residential street, speeding, with the lights off? A criminal, I guess.

Rachael Morford
Rachael Morford

Absolutely shameful. My heart goes out to her friends and family. I hope they find the coward who did this.

Lynette Hansen
Lynette Hansen

How could anyone hit someone and just leave them????? In humane. SO incredibly sad :(

Erich Morris
Erich Morris

Hit and run should be charged as first degree. ..sad

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

This is so very sad. My sincere condolences to her family. My daughter's friend Daniel was seriously injured riding his bike in uptown just a few weeks ago in a hit and run.

eatereater
eatereater

How is it that they know the direction and speed and headlight status of the vehicle yet have no description of the vehicle?   

Onan
Onan

@Ang Runnels  - That won't help much when motorists speed through residential areas, don't use their headlights, and blow stop signs.

koda1
koda1

And let me make clear i am only posting this because I think this has some interesting points. The speakers passion is cycling and really knows the science behind helmets, unlike the peeps who are just screaming "HELEMT!" on here. I commute about 30-35 miles a day. I dont wear a helmet, but still torn on the issue. 

hwalden19
hwalden19

@Chad Liljegren what the hell is wrong with you?!

hwalden19
hwalden19

@digitalprotocol or you could watch for bikes and maybe slow your dumb ass down when you are going through residential neighborhoods, JUUUST A THOOOOUGHT


eatereater
eatereater

@Alexander Van Dyke Yowza!  Sorry all the city kitty bicyclists can't seem to grasp what you are saying.  I am not a self centered spaz so I understand what you are trying to convey.  The mentioning of if she had on a bike helmet or not  - for me - goes to explaining the specific cause of her death.  I would imagine that if she passed after 2 days @ hcmc that indeed a head injury was the cause.   Mentioning that she wasn't wearing a bike helmet is not victim blaming it is fact stating.    For all the other bike riders out there:  wear a helmet when you ride.  The doctors will probably be able to put your leg or arm back together, but not your brain.  Fate doesn't care if you have the right-of-way or if an idiot was drunk,  you need to protect your skull at all times.  This story becomes sadder if indeed, she might still be alive had she not suffered such a head injury.   Perhaps she would have still died with a helmet on, but people certainly have nothing to lose and everything to gain by wearing a helmet.  ctfd, angry bikers. 

M__H
M__H

@Alexander Van Dyke 
What on earth would a helmet have done!?

Small pieces of styrofoam are great when you fall off the bike and need something to absorb a bit of the impact of your head hitting a hard surface.  They don't, however, help much when you are RUN OVER BY A CAR.


From the way people do this every time there's an accident you'd think helmets were magical amulets protecting the wearer from all possible harms.  But they aren't.  And people who say these sorts of things are worthless people engaged in nothing more than victim blaming.

dave872
dave872

@Alexander Van Dyke Don't start a helmet awareness forum here when all signs point to the motorist at fault (and probably intoxicated). 

blerg
blerg

@eatereaterBecause if a car without its headlights on blows through a stop sign on a north-south street that crosses one of the busiest east-west streets in the neighborhood, you'd notice all those things but would probably be so horrified by the death of a bicyclist that you wouldn't be thinking to notice much less jot down a make, model and plate number one second later, which, at night, is enough time for a car to be far enough away to obscure all those details.

eatereater
eatereater

@blerg @eatereater Sorry blergy, but upon seeing a car smash into a bicyclist the first thing I am going to do is look up and try to get a license plate or description of the vehicle.  Very. First. Thing.   It's straight up weird that no one seems to know if this was a car or truck or SUV.    If it is known that the vehicle did not have it's headlights on, that can only be known if someone saw the vehicle!  I simply don't believe you couldn't tell if it was a car shape vs a larger vehicle.  Is the witness 90 years old and half blind? 

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