Man charged in crash that killed woman, 2 sons

Published 1:20 pm Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS  — A man accused of causing a crash that killed a mother and her two sons during a police chase is charged with vehicular homicide.

Authorities say 29-year-old Rufus Onel Victor of Edina was fleeing from a state trooper in stolen vehicle last Sunday in Minneapolis when he ran a stop sign and slammed into the victims’ vehicle. Twenty-nine-year-old Amanda Thomas, her 12-year-old son, Andre, and 3-month-old son Akeron were returning to their home in Fridley from a Hanukkah celebration.

Victor was charged Tuesday with three counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of causing death while fleeing a police officer. He was arrested after he fled from the crash scene on foot.

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A complaint says Victor began crying and yelling when officers told him about the deaths.