The man whose body was found in the median along Highway 169 in Shakopee on Thursday, Jan. 16 has been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Ryan Welsey Hobot, 22, of Eagan died of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash, the medical examiner said. His time of death was ruled as 2:34 p.m. Jan. 16.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Hobot’s death. The Minnesota State Patrol linked the death to a crash that occurred Jan. 15, in which troopers were unable to locate the driver of one of the vehicles.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, troopers responded to reports of a crash on northbound Highway 169 at County Road 83 in Shakopee shortly after 10:40 p.m Jan. 15. Reporting parties informed troopers that a driver in one of the vehicles may have fled from the crash scene, where a Hyundai Elantra veered left into the center median and crashed before stopping in the left lane on Highway 169 northbound. A short time later, according to the incident report, a 2005 Saturn Ion traveling in the left lane struck the stalled Elantra and was pushed to the right shoulder.
Troopers searched the area for the driver of the Elantra, according to the incident report, but were unable to locate the driver.
The day after the crash, a passerby called 911 shortly before 3 p.m. to report a possible man on the ground in the median along northbound Highway 169, near Canterbury Road. The Shakopee Police Department responded to the scene and confirmed a deceased male was there. Minnesota State Patrol troopers arrived shortly thereafter and requested the BCA to investigate.
The Naval Seal Cadet Corps Twin Cities Squadron posted to its Facebook page 2018 that it sends “thoughts and prayers to Cadet Hobot and his family.”
“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that former NSCC Twin Cities Squadron Cadet Ryan Wesley Hobot has passed away,” the post said.