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UPDATE MONDAY: Suspect arrested in hit-and-run that killed woman from Hoffman

Jessica Hanson was riding a bicycle in Minneapolis when she was struck by a driver who fled the scene. (Photo contributed with permission of family members)
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UPDATE MONDAY: Suspect arrested in hit-and-run that killed woman from Hoffman
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A suspect has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run bicycle crash in Minneapolis last week that killed a 24-year-old woman with close ties to the Hoffman-Kensington area.

Minneapolis police arrested Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 24, this morning after he turned himself in.

Jessica Hanson, a server at an Uptown bar, was on her way to her boyfriend's house last Wednesday night at about 10:30 p.m. when she was struck at the intersection of 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South in Minneapolis.

She was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and pronounced dead on Friday morning.

According to police, the vehicle that hit her was driving faster than the speed limit with its lights off when it ran a stop sign, hit Hanson and left the scene.

Hanson, a 2007 graduate of West Central Area High School, received a degree in computer graphic design from Alexandria Technical and Community College ATCC) and held jobs in Alexandria, including as a server at Depot Express.

Using her artistic talents, Hanson designed the signature logo for the city of Hoffman, which appears on the city water tower.

After graduating from ATCC, Hanson moved to Minneapolis to pursue a job in photography.

She loved to cook and wanted to teach the homeless how to plant and grow their own organic foods, according to family members.

Her parents, Jerome and Natalie, live in Hoffman. Jerome is an auctioneer and Natalie is a state trooper who works out of the Morris region. Other friends and family members, including an uncle, Tom Kummrow, live in the Hoffman-Kensington area as well. Many of them visited the scene of the crash in Minneapolis last night, vowing to find whoever was responsible for Jessica Hanson's death.

Jessica grew up on a farm but had always wanted to try life in the big city, said Kummrow. He said she absolutely loved living in Uptown.

Kummrow described her as a people-loving person who deeply cared about others. She signed up to be an organ donor and upon her death, her organs were donated.

"Because of her, five other people will live longer, happier lives," Kummrow said. "That is her legacy. That was Jess."

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Hoffman. Arrangements are with Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Hoffman.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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