EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO) — Police have identified the two people killed in a head-on crash in Eagan, Minn. over the weekend.

The accident happened Saturday around 6 p.m. on Diffley Road and Amber Leaf Trail.

Investigators said the crash happened after one of the motorists crossed the center line.

The victims were 18-year-old Ashim Ahmed Jr. and 42-year-old Kelly Kristiansen, both of Eagan.

The drivers were both alone in their vehicles.

The State Patrol is still trying to determined how the crash happened.

Police said this weekend they were trying to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Comments (18)
  1. William says:

    Texting and driving….wanna bet?

    1. Dave says:

      Id put money on that. Police are investigating how it happened .. There was a head on accident . thats how it happened. Now theres a cure for that and its called paying attention to the road . Either texting or alcohol.

  2. rayjay says:

    ASSUME making ASS out of U and ME.

    1. Dave says:

      Im old enough to know better. Gut feeling Dude. Doesnt take a rocket scientist to make an assumtion as to what happened. Young people are addicted to there phones to the point that they can be in the same room with there friends and text each other..

      1. Charlie says:

        This from KSMP website regarding victim

        :“One of the most driven people I’ve ever met,” says Johnson “Nothing could really hold him back he was a great student a great friend. I was supposed to grab some things from him before I went back down to college… and he just stopped texting me back and I didn’t even piece it together until this morning.”

        Read more: 2 Killed in Head-On St. Patrick’s Day Crash http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/minnesota/2-killed-in-head-on-st-patricks-day-crash-mar-18-2012#ixzz1pZV1ttFE

        1. K. says:

          Actually, this was from FOX news, not KSMP.

      2. Mary says:

        why don’t you have some respect for the families and keep your “gut feelings” to yourself?

  3. Commonsense says:

    When is everone going to realize that distracted driving kills just as many people if not more than alcohol, but drunk driving is a felony distracted driving is a misdemeanor if your stone cold sober. My thoughts and prayers go out the families involved in this avoidable tragedy.

  4. Ass u me says:

    Funny, my gut tells me the old guy had a heart attack…

    Our guts are stinky.

  5. Todd says:

    I’d say that the 42 year old is in plenty good shape. So like Mary said leave your gut reactions in your head. It’s tragic and speculation doesn’t help.

  6. Doug says:

    All of you who say to don’t speculate, don’t assume, have some respect, C’MON.
    What do you think these comment sections are for? Exactly what you are saying for people not to do. It’s a way for the news organization to keep you involved with it’s website. Anyone with a brain knows the cause of the accident won’t be known until the police investigation is concluded. Anything said before that is basically useless. And for those people who always say “my prayers are with them” and any other condolennce statements, do you really thing the bereaved families are sitting at thier computers reading your comments?
    Here’s the scoop, the kid was texting and speeding on the 45 mph stretch (up to 90mph) before he crossed the line and slammed into Kelly. But knowing that really doesn’t make anything better.

  7. Cicco says:

    I knew Kelly personally and he was a good man and colleague. For those of you that didnt, quit speculating and leave your comments at the doorstep. The lesson is, life is short and one never knows when it may be cut short, due to another individuals stupidity.

  8. Todd says:

    Does that mean you know that the 18 year old kid was speeding?
    I didn’t come here for the comments. I came here to find out about a friends death and a families loss of their father. I have gut feelings as well but I’ll keep them to myself until the facts are released.
    Is it a fact that the 18 year old had his car on the wrong side of the road?

  9. Doug says:

    Todd, as REO would say, heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend, who, heard it from an onsite emergency service person in Eagan that the kid was speeding and texting. All hearsay of course, but that’s what it all is at this point. I haven’t heard any more detals than that.

    Cicco, if you want to leave your comments at the doorstep, do so at a better place, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kellykristiansen . At least the family is more likely to read them there. And you imply we can speculate if we knew him personally. Didn’t know there was a specifc level of familiarity needed to post here. And finally, who says I didn’t know him.

  10. Me says:

    I bet it wasn’t alcohol or texting. That’s my gut!

  11. craig w. says:

    mary i cant thank you enough for your comment ive known kel and his family for lots of years i would not be where im at today with out him its nice to know there are still people out there with a head on there shoulders

  12. A close friend says:

    As a close friend of the family of one of the victims, please keep your negative comments to yourself. Both families are aware of which vehcile was at fault and it is a mute point as both are dealing with a tremendous loss. Reading all the comments above is not helping anyone. The truth will come out after the reconstruction is done and please respect both families at this time and quit speculating…….

    1. Tiff says:

      And it’s “MOOT point” btw (sry, it ain’t easy bein a Spell-Check Nazi, but someone’s gotta do it)….true, it doesn’t matter HOW or WHY it happened as BOTH drivers, including the one responsible, are dead….we drive by the crash site several times a week when we go shopping and after almost 2 weeks there have been more memorial items added near the crosses which just breaks my heart, such a sad tragic loss of 2 young lives…I have VERY strong opinions regarding ANY cell phone use while driving, esp drivers 18 & under!! Restricting use of any motor vehicle w/ an engine larger than 4 cyl or installing a speed governer http://www.speedlimitersusa.com for drivers under 18 as well would save SO many lives & save TONS of $$ on gas, insurance & maintenance!!!!
      One thing I DO know for sure is I appreciate the blessings God continues to give me & my family, including life & love, which we thank Him everyday for!!!

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