Editor's note: A previous version of this article misstated the injuries for Tracie and Hanna Peterson.
A Shakopee man has been charged with four counts of criminal vehicular operation after a Monday morning crash southwest of Shakopee caused life-threatening injuries to two Chaska women.
Mohamed Abdirahman Abdilahi, 25, is charged with running a red light at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 41 around 5 a.m. and T-boning a Nissan Altima with his Honda Accord.
According to the charges filed Tuesday:
The passengers of the Altima, 49-year-old Tracie Ann Peterson and 18-year-old Hanna Joy Peterson, sustained extensive injuries in the crash and were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center for emergency care. Hanna suffered kidney and spleen lacerations and Tracie had several serious injuries to her spine, brain, pelvis and ribs. They were listed in critical condition Monday.
A responding officer found Abdilahi on the ground near the median's traffic signal, appearing "as though he may fall asleep." He said he had cut his hand and that his neck "kind of hurt."
The accident was observed by a witness and captured on freeway cameras. Abdilahi's Accord allegedly "swerved over lane lines and ran up on the median prior to the crash."
The complaint describes Abdilahi acting "sluggish and dazed" during his interactions with police. He failed a field sobriety test although the responding officer did not note the smell of alcohol and a portable breathalyzer test did not detect alcohol. Results are still pending from a blood test taken from Abdilahi.
The Shakopee man appears to have given the police several different accounts of what happened leading up to the crash. Over the course of his post-Mirandized interview with police, Abdilahi said he "dozed off probably for a second" and that he was "traveling the speed limit and the next thing he knew a vehicle hit him."
Each of the charges against Abdilahi carries a penalty of five years and a $10,000 fine.