Authorities on Thursday identified a man killed when the car he was driving crashed into a Minneapolis building earlier this week, reportedly as he fled police.
Antwand Tyreese Cousins, 29, of Minneapolis, died early Wednesday at the intersection of W. Broadway and Penn Avenue N. when he was flung from his car after slamming it into a nearby vacant building around 2:09 a.m., authorities said. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Thursday that Cousins died of blunt-force injuries.
A police squad car driving north on Penn Avenue N. swerved out of the way of Cousins, who was traveling in the opposite direction, a department spokesman said earlier this week. Cousins was pulled over on the next block, but he refused to acknowledge the officer, then sped away, the spokesman said.
Officers gave chase, police said, but before they could catch up, Cousins’ car clipped a minivan, then crashed into the building. The impact of the crash ejected Cousins, who died at the scene.