Editor’s note: As of Tuesday, Aug. 16, the two additional charges have been dropped. Diane Bakdash is only charged with a misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process. Her next court appearance is Aug. 26.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The mother of a man accused of intentionally hitting a Wis. man, who later died, has been charged with two more counts for her role in the incident.

Diane Patricia Bakdash, 66, was charged with a felony count of being an accomplice to a crime after the fact, for allegedly telling her son to get rid of the damaged car and signing the title so he could sell it to a friend.

On Monday, a second felony count for aiding an offender and a misdemeanor of obstructing the legal process was added to her charges.

Bakdash’s son, Timothy Bakdash, 29, of Roseville, is accused of using his car to hit Benjamin Van Handel, 23, of Appleton, Wis., on April 15. Van Handel later died from his injuries. Two women were also injured in the incident.

Prosecutors say Bakdash intentionally hit the man in an act of revenge, but Van Handel wasn’t his intended target. It appears to be an case of mistaken identity.

Still, investigators said Bakdash was just as liable whether he intended to kill Van Handel or someone else.

Comments (6)
  1. markH says:

    Yeah, and marijuana is our problem? There are over 34,000 people killed on our nation’s roadways each and every year (that means EVERY year starts a new tally), and this does not include those maimed, crippled, or financially ruined because of an crash. Nor does it quantify the grief of innocent families who have lost a child, mother or father to a drunk. But if you read any newspaper there is article after article attacking pot as some demon drug-yet the statistics on pot use and motor vehicle fatalities is not even a blip on the page. Yet our esteemed lawmakers keep spending OUR money incarcerating those who use drugs that are much less harmful by any measure than alcohol yet keep alcohol legal. I simply cannot understand the puritanical hypocrisy behind this insanity.

    1. @markH says:

      Put away the thesaurus, and the pipe, and just simmer down. Your ranting really has nothing to do with the article.

  2. x says:

    COMMON MAN YOU HAVE TO BE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT WHOEVER PAYS THE MOST CASH TO POLITICIANS IN AMERICA WINS…… PERIOD! AND the drug cartels are not about to pay the SHADY US GOVERNMENT any money for anything other than weapons!!!!!!

  3. Jay says:

    Glad to hear the Mother has received more charges! With a role model such as she, hed be better off without parents!! A young life was snuffed out in a split second, shes just as guilty as he! A parents responsibility is to teach their kids right from wrong, she failed!

  4. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    Why is she smiling? A person has died.

  5. ally says:

    if people really think about it alcohol can change the nicest people so you cant just sit and blame the parents they are not there to hold there childs hand every min of the day im pretty sure you have done something your parents told you not to do she made her mistake every parents do but it was alcohol that played a bad role in this all… plus the police cant even get the story straight on this so get your facts before you start critizing her!

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