MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis man is charged in a hit-and-run accident that killed a woman on a mobility scooter on the north side of the city earlier this week.
The Hennepin County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Thursday that 21-year-old Cameron Bendson has been charged with a crime-vehicle murder. According to prosecutors, Benson ran a red light on Monday and fatally struck the woman while she was at a crosswalk. The woman’s name has not yet been released.
According to the criminal complaint, the hit-and-run incident occurred just before 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Broadway and Aldrich. Eyewitnesses reported that a white Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into the woman and continued to drive west from Broadway.
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The right-of-way woman was driving south on Aldrich, but the impact of the collision smashed her scooter and hurled it onto Broadway. An ambulance brought the woman to North Memorial Health, where she was declared dead.
Surveillance video captured the license plate of the Jeep, and investigators found that Bendson was the last person to buy the vehicle. According to the complaint, an unrelated call the day before the accident, Bendson reportedly used high levels of methamphetamine and drove a white jeep.
Early Tuesday morning, hours after the hit-and-run, investigators found the suspected Jeep on Highway 100 in Brooklyn Park. The Jeep looked like it had hit the median. The interior of the vehicle looked like it had been set on fire.
Later on Tuesday, St. Anthony police found and arrested Bendson after responding to a suspicious person’s call in an alley behind a business. An eyewitness reported that Bendson was a former employee of the workplace and came to the workplace earlier in the day, apparently under the influence of drugs.
If Bendson is found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.