A driver under the influence of marijuana rammed into two vehicles stopped along the side of a Bloomington road after dark, pinning two men in between and severing the legs of one of the victims, police said Tuesday.
The crash happened about 8:25 p.m. Thursday in the 9700 block of Penn Avenue S., according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Hennepin County District Court.
The driver, Mary E. Kridner, 24, of Bloomington, admitted to authorities at the scene to using marijuana in the past 24 hours, according to the affidavit, which police filed seeking court permission to search her car.
During a roadside test given by police, Kridner displayed "pinpoint pupils" and bloodshot eyes, the court document noted. Law enforcement drew blood from Kridner for testing for impairment.
Also, the affidavit continued, drug paraphernalia inside her car was in plain view to police.
A search of Kridner's car uncovered among other things: small pieces of tinfoil with burnt residue, a rolled-up dollar bill with an undetermined white powder and a drug prescribed to combat opioid addiction.
The search also turned up a loaded handgun and Kridner's permit-to-carry card. It is a permit violation to be under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs while carrying a firearm.
One of the vehicle's drivers along Penn Avenue was at the scene to help "jump" the other person's vehicle, the court document read. That's when Kridner hit one vehicle from behind and sent it into the other vehicle while the men were standing in between them.
"One of the males had both legs separated from his body," the affidavit read.
As of midafternoon Tuesday, the man who lost both legs was in an induced coma, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley.
Medical personnel "were able to save both legs" of the other man, said Hartley, who added that he has yet to learn whether the men knew each other before the crash.
A spokeswoman for the Hennepin County Medical Center said early Tuesday evening that Wali Abdi Aar and Mahamud M. Abdisamad, both 34 and from Bloomington, were in satisfactory condition. Authorities have not specified which man lost both legs.
Kridner was taken to jail the night of the crash, released on her own recognizance, and charges are pending as authorities await results of blood tests, Hartley said. She did not respond to requests for comment.
Kridner's driving history in Minnesota includes a conviction for checking a message on her phone. She also has been convicted four times for speeding since 2012.
In one of those speeding cases, a charge of driving with a suspended license was dismissed. Her license was valid at the time of last week's crash, according to the state Department of Public Safety.