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Woodbury Man Faces Felony Charge in 2012 Lake Elmo Crash

Two women were injured, one critically. Saeed Ahmed Khan was initially charged in November, and authorities served an arrest warrant on him on Dec. 23.

Crime scene. Credit: Patch
Crime scene. Credit: Patch

A Woodbury man has been charged in connection with a 2012 accident in Lake Elmo in which two women were injured, one critically.

Saeed Ahmed Khan, 42, is charged with criminal vehicular homicide or operation, a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Khan was initially charged in November, and authorities served an arrest warrant on him on Dec. 23.

According to the criminal complaint, a Washington County sheriff’s deputy was called to the intersection of Inwood Avenue and 4th Street North in Lake Elmo on Nov. 8, 2012, for a crash involving injuries and multiple vehicles.

The deputy found two significant damaged cars in the southbound lane. One of the vehicles had two occupants; the driver, who was conscious, complained of neck pain and head injuries. Her passenger, who was “in and out of consciousness,” had suffered severe facial cuts on her forehead and around her right eye.

The driver of the other car was identified as Khan, who admitted to the deputy that he had been driving at speeds of more than 80 mph before he hit the other car, according to the complaint. He told the deputy he was driving recklessly because he was upset and depressed over personal problems, including financial difficulties and a recent divorce, the complaint says.

A witness told police he saw Khan’s car speeding east on 10th Street, and that Khan passed him and continued toward Inwood at speeds of more than 100 mph. The witness said Khan blew past a red light and moved toward the center line while passing a vehicle that was turning right.

The witness said he followed Khan and called police. While he was following Khan’s car, he saw Khan go through another red light and crash into the other car.

The two women in that car were taken to a hospital, where doctors determined that the driver had suffered an orbital fracture and a traumatic brain injury, along with other injuries. More than a year after the crash, she continues to suffer physical, emotional and mental pain because of the accident, and continues to receive treatment, according to the complaint.

Khan has been released from custody on his promise to make all future court appearances. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charge Jan. 9 in Washington County District Court.

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