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Suspect arrested in hit-and-run death of bicyclist in Minneapolis

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MINNEAPOLIS -- A suspect has been arrested in 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, on Monday morning after he turned himself in.

Jessica Hanson was on her way to her boyfriend's house July 3 when she was struck. She was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and pronounced dead Friday morning.

Police said the vehicle involved was driving faster than the speed limit with its lights off when it ran a stop sign, hit Hanson and left the scene. Using information from witnesses, Minneapolis police located Ali’s vehicle and were looking for him after making contacts within the community, according to a news release.

Hanson, a 2007 graduate of West Central Area High School, received a degree in computer graphic design from Alexandria Technical and Community College and held jobs in Alexandria. Hanson designed the signature logo for the city of Hoffman, which appears on the city water tower.

Her parents, Jerome and Natalie Hanson, live in Hoffman. Jerome is an auctioneer and Natalie is a state trooper who works out of the Morris region.