Family of Three Killed by Runaway Driver

A woman and her two children were killed early Sunday morning after a reckless driver ran a red light in the midst of a high-speed chase, State Troopers say.

The Star Tribune reported an interview with a representative from the State Patrol saying that the chase began on interstate 94 westbound near the Dowling exit. After the Trooper turned on his lights to initiate a traffic stop, the driver accelerated quickly away and exited the highway, eventually reaching North 2nd Street. The officer dropped back at this point, realizing that the suspect was endangering other drivers on the road.

When he reached the intersection with Broadway, the suspect ran the red light and broadsided Amanda Thomas's vehicle. KSTP Eyewitness News aired an interview with an eyewitness saying that she went through the intersection five seconds after the crash occurred. She said that Thomas's car spun rapidly after the collision, ejecting 12-year-old Andre into a nearby building.

The Trooper reported that Amanda and Andre died immediately on the scene, while 3-month-old Akeron passed away in the hospital later that day. He also said that while the incident was still under investigation, the Trooper pursuing the suspect was not at fault in this situation. "It appears that trooper really could not have done anything else this make this outcome any different. It was truly in the hands of the fleeing suspect."

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