Collision on Hiawatha kills one

  • Updated: February 26, 2009 - 7:52 PM

Alcohol may be factor in south Minneapolis crash that killed one person.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a two-car crash and fire on Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis that killed a 21-year-old man early Thursday, police said.

One of the cars was waiting for a stoplight in a southbound lane at Hiawatha Avenue and E. 26th Street at 4:30 a.m. when a second vehicle smashed into it from behind, Sgt. William Palmer said. The collision started a fire in the first car. When police arrived, they discovered the driver, who was dead, inside the burning car.

Authorities haven't released the victim's name.

The other driver, 33, was arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation. He hasn't been charged with a crime. The results of chemical testing of that driver won't be ready for several weeks, Palmer said.

DAVID CHANEN

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