The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a release she was 20-year-old Ria Bharat Patel of Eden Prairie. Meanwhile, Minneapolis police continue to search for the vehicle's driver, identified by Patel's brother as 21-year-old Michael Campbell, who fled the scene after the crash.
Patel was a student at St. Thomas University, the school said in a post to its website. The school says Hindu prayers (aarti) will be held from 7 to 7:30 Monday night with a prayer service (prarthana sabha) to follow, from 7:30 to 8:30, at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on Freeway Boulevard in Brooklyn Center. Patel was a junior, studying business and economics.
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Patel was killed when the vehicle she was riding in struck a stoplight shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Stinson Boulevard Northeast and Ridgeway Parkway.
When police arrived, they found Patel pinned inside the car. Officers freed her and provided medical aid, but Patel was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a Minneapolis Police Department release, a witness said a male driver fled on foot before police arrived. Police searched the area with a K-9 but were unable to locate the driver.
That witness, who asked not to be identified, said Monday, "I thought he was running to call for help, but he came back to get something out of the car. I rolled down my window and asked if he was okay, and he said 'Call 911,.' I said 'I already have' and he ran off again."
Nishul Patel is Ria Patel's older brother. He said Campbell was his sister's boyfriend. Nishul Patel said he ran into the couple at a birthday party in downtown Minneapolis Saturday night before they went their own way.
He said he got a phone call about the wreck Sunday morning.
"If he'd stayed with her and called paramedics, she would've been at least helped and potentially could be saved and here today," Nishul Patel said. "But the fact that he ran off, he knew what he had done."
On Monday evening, Minneapolis police went to the apartment on Randolph Street where Campbell lived with a roommate, Lance Lendl. Lendl said his car, a 2002 silver Pontiac Grand Am with Minnesota license plates 017 LET, had been stolen sometime Sunday along with his keys from the apartment. Lendl believes it's not a coincidence.
"I understand that he panicked, but he left her there and at some point he's got to figure out that nothing good can come from the situation," Lendl said.
Lendl said he saw the couple minutes before the fatal crash, and that Campbell appeared to be intoxicated and angry about something.
State driving records show Campbell has numerous traffic violations, and that his license had been reinstated in May after a six-month suspension.
Homicide investigators are leading the search for Campbell. Anyone with information can text anonymously to 847411 or call 612-692-8477.
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