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UPDATE WEDNESDAY: Suspect charged with vehicular homicide in death of bicyclist from Hoffman

Charges have been filed against a suspect in the hit-and-run death of a 24-year-old bicyclist who used to live in Hoffman.

Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 25, was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide Tuesday.

He is accused of speeding through a stop sign with his lights off, and hitting Jessica Hanson, who was bicycling near the intersection of 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South in Minneapolis on July 3. She died two days later from her injuries.

After hitting Hanson, the vehicle left the scene. After talking to witnesses and people in the neighborhood, police began searching for Ali. On July 5, police received a call from a man identifying himself as Abdirahman Ali. He said that he was driving on Pleasant Avenue when someone shot at his car and he took off and hit something.

Ali turned himself into police on Monday.

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.

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.

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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