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Speeding Preceded Collision That Orphaned Boy

 

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota troopers say a 1-year-old boy has been orphaned after his father allegedly sped more than 100 miles per hour before slamming into the back of a semi truck in Fridley.

The collision Friday evening killed the boy’s father, who was driving, and his mother, who was in the passenger seat. The boy was buckled in his car seat, and was apparently unhurt.

The mother was 31-year-old Patrice Hooks of Hopkins. The father’s name hasn’t been released.

Witnesses told the Minnesota State Patrol the car was speeding down Interstate 694 before the collision. Witnesses say they saw no attempt by the car’s driver to stop before impact.

State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske says the boy is being cared for by social services in Anoka County.

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