Hastings, MN (KROC AM News) - A trial date has been set for a Twin Cities man who is charged with killing one teenager and seriously injuring another when he crashed his car while they were fleeing police.

A prosecutor says new information indicates the victims were talking on a phone to a friend and screaming for the driver to stop when the crash occurred.

A judge has ruled there is probable cause to charge 21-year-old Alejandro Saavedra of Farmington with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation. The judge has scheduled his trial to begin on July 18.

Police say Saavedra had rented two rooms at a Burnsville hotel and officers were called there on a noise complaint around 6:00 am April 9th.

The criminal complaint says Saavedra and the girls ran to his car when they saw the officers and drove off at a high rate of speed. A police officer lost sight of the car but a few minutes later found it had crashed into the concrete pillar of a parking ramp.

Found dead in the severely damaged car was 16-year-old Sydney Kohner, a Lakeville North High School student. A 15-year-old girl was also found with multiple life-threatening injuries. Saavedra had to be cut from the wreckage. He later told police he had bought the alcohol that was found in the hotel rooms and he also admitted taking cocaine.

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The prosecutor says evidence gathered showed Saavedra “provided alcohol and controlled substances to both victims.”

A memo also says:

Additionally, evidence gathered in the investigation will provide the victims were on the phone at the time of the crash with a friend, where they can be heard yelling and screaming at Defendant: “no,” “stop,” “We’re going down “Nate.” The evidence will show the phone went silent and each victim can no longer be heard on the open phone line.

 

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