A group of five Minnesota women named Sabiriin Ali, Sahra Gesaade, Salma Abdikadir, Sagal Hersi, and Siham Adam have been killed after a driver named Derrick John Thompson was trying to speed away from cops hit their car.
Derrick John Thompson who is 27 years old tried to run from the crash but was found at a nearby Taco Bell after onlookers called police.
A Minnesota State Police trooper began pursuit of the SUV on an interstate as it was speeding near 100mph where the speed limit is 55mph in south Minneapolis, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.
The SUV exited the highway before it could be pulled over and ran the red light, crashing into the women’s car.
The five Sabiriin Ali, 17, Sahra Gesaade, 20, Salma Abdikadir, 20, Sagal Hersi, 19, and Siham Adam, 19 were regular attendees of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in nearby Bloomington, Minnesota, according to director Khalid Omar.
Three are cousins, one a relative and another a close friend.
The women were doing last-minute shopping at a Minneapolis mall Friday and having the tattoos applied for a friend’s wedding the next day. They were on the way home when the crash happened.
Ali had just graduated high school and was set to attend the University of Minnesota, while the other four were all currently in college.
Omar noted all five women were volunteers at the Islamic Center, with Ali and her mother working as caretakers, while Abdikadir often taught kids to read and write in Arabic.
All five are slated to be buried on Monday.
This was reportedly not the first time when Derrick John Thompson was involved in a car crash.
He was responsible for a September 2018 accident, which left a pedestrian severely injured in Montecito, according to MN CRIME.
He pled guilty in that incident and was awarded eight years behind bars in state prison in 2020.