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Driver Charged in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash that Killed 2

October 05, 2017 04:45 PM

The video above is from a Sept. 26 newscast showing family reaction to the collision.


The wrong-way driver of the BMW that collided with another vehicle on Interstate 94 last week, killing two high school friends, has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

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Quoc Thanh Tran, 26 of Osseo, was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County. He remains in Hennepin County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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According to the criminal complaint, traffic cameras captured the BMW 535 traveling the wrong way on North 4th Street from 1st Avenue North at 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 before entering I-94 from the wrong direction. 

Tran's vehicle struck the Toyota Camry driven by 18-year-old Diana Rojas Martinez sometime before 1:39 a.m., south of Lowry Avenue on I-94.

Metro Transit police officers, who first arrived on the scene, reported Martinez, as well her passenger, 19-year-old Christopher Jahmar Bunay, were killed in the crash, according to the complaint.

Tran was taken via ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center, where a state trooper who had arrived to obtain a blood sample from the suspect detected the odor of alcohol and noticed his eyes were bloodshot. The complaint says the results of the blood test were still pending.

RELATED: 2 Dead after Westbound Driver on Eastbound I-94 in North Minneapolis Crashes

Martinez and Bunay, both of Minneapolis, were graduates of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. In a statement, the school described them as "fierce friends" and "bright lights in our community."

Tran has been convicted of five traffic-related offenses, including two on charges of speeding faster than is reasonable and prudent.


This story has been corrected to show that Tran is of Osseo, not Brooklyn Center.


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