MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Vehicular manslaughter charges were filed Thursday against the driver who killed two young high school graduates in a head-on crash while driving the wrong way on Interstate 94 Sept. 26, according to a criminal complaint.
Police said they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, which occurred just after 1:30 a.m. when Quoc Thanh Tran began driving westbound on the eastbound side of I-94 near Lowry Avenue. The results of his blood test are still pending.
Both passengers in the other car, Diana Rojas-Martinez, 18, and Christopher Bunay, 19, were killed on impact. They were both recent graduates of Cristo Ray Jesuit High School in south Minneapolis. Tran was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The two charges of criminal vehicular homicide carry with them a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.