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Monroe Edwards, 20, charged in fatal Brooklyn Center hit-and-run

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Charges are filed against someone accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a man near where he lived last week.

According to the Brooklyn Center Police Department, the crash happened near the 6600 block of Dupont Avenue North at about 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.

Police say that the man was found dead in a roadway, and the motorist that struck him had fled the scene. According to the criminal complaint, multiple witnesses say they heard a loud noise and saw a Chevrolet Impala leaving the scene, leaking fluid. Some witnesses were able to make out the license plate.

Surveillance video showed the suspect returning to the scene of the crash about eight minutes later, before turning around and leaving.

Police talked with a driver who was also on the scene that evening, who said that she saw the body in the street and called her husband. She said that the vehicle was driving fast and ran over the body in the road, stopped and pulled up to the witness's vehicle.

"What was that," the driver allegedly asked her, and when she said he'd run over a person's body, he replied, "No, it was a bag," before driving off.

Shortly after, officers located the vehicle they believe was involved in the crash. It was impounded. Officers noted the presence of blood on the underside of the vehicle.

A complaint has been filed against Monroe Curtis Edwards, 20, of Minneapolis. He's accused of felony criminal vehicular homicide. The complaint says that officers did make contact with him, and that he claimed he thought he'd run over a speed bump.

The complaint says that Edwards' whereabouts are currently unknown. His criminal record indicates he's currently on felony probation for two cases of fleeing police, and has at least one failure-to-appear bench warrant from last year.

The identity of the man killed in the crash has not been released. The Hennepin County medical examiner is involved in the case.

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