Minneapolis crash

People who identified only as extended members of the family of Sheryl and Kenneth Carpentier, two of the victims, hug after putting up balloons and flowers on a memorial for the victims in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP) -- A Minneapolis teenager accused of crashing a stolen SUV into a pickup and killing the three people inside the pickup has pleaded guilty.

Hennepin County prosecutors say 18-year-old Dayquan Hodge pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide for the September incident. Authorities say Hodge was driving at least 80 mph on Cedar Avenue and ran red lights before hitting the pickup broadside in south Minneapolis.

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Killed were the pickup’s driver, 64-year-old Kenneth Carpentier of Bullhead City, Arizona; his wife, 65-year-old Sheryl Carpentier; and another passenger, 48-year-old Kimberly Gunderson of Minneapolis. Four passengers in Hodge’s vehicle suffered serious injuries.

State troopers had been chasing Hodge but ended the pursuit.

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Prosecutors say Hodge admitted during the plea hearing to smoking marijuana prior to driving.

Sentencing is set for June 5.


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