Arrest Made in Dinkytown Hit-and-run

Minneapolis police arrested the driver who hit three University of Minnesota students last week.

The 29-year-old man from Roseville was driving the wrong way on the road shortly after bars had closed early morning on April 15 when he struck pedestrians on the sidewalk. One of the three individuals struck, Ben Van Handel, died on Thursday, just hours before the arrest.

Van Handel, 23 from Appleton, Wisc., died of severe brain injury and broke bones, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The driver was apprehended at his workplace in Burnsville thanks to "witness accounts and tips," Minneapolis police Sgt. Stephen McCarty said to the Star Tribune.

"Through a series of tips and witness accounts, the detectives from the homicide unit were able to apprehend this individual," McCarty said.

The Appleton Post Crescent reports the drivers criminal record shows he has convictions on charges of drunken driving, drug possession and careless driving.

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