Man admits downing 10 tequila shots, driving wrong way on I-94 and killing 2 teens
A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to quickly downed 10 shots of tequila at downtown Minneapolis bars before driving the wrong way on the interstate and causing a collision killed two people in the other vehicle.
Quoc Tran, of Osseo, entered his plea last week in Hennepin County District Court to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 30. A jury trial had been scheduled to start Monday.
Prosecutors said they will seek a sentence of eight years for Tran. If Judge William Koch goes with that recommendation, Tran would receive credit for time already spent in jail before serving about five years in prison and the balance on supervised release. The defense said it would seek a lesser sentence.
Driver Diana Rojas Martinez, 18, of Minneapolis, and her passenger, 19-year-old Christopher Jahmar Bunay, also of Minneapolis, were killed in the crash on Sept. 26, 2017, on eastbound Interstate 94 between Lowry and 26th Avenues N.
Both were graduates of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis. A statement from the school soon after the crash described the two as fierce friends [and] hardworking students.
Tran admitted that he had been to two downtown bars and drank 10 shots of tequila in roughly 90 minutes. Tran entered the freeway on a downtown exit ramp.
He said he was in a rush to get home at about 1:30 a.m., didnt realize he was driving the wrong way and then remembered waking up in the hospital, read a statement from the County Attorneys Office announcing the plea deal.
Rojas Martinezs father spoke during last weeks hearing, and a letter was read from Bunays parents. Both said their children had bright futures in medicine and did not agree with the plea agreement because they wanted the maximum sentence allowed by law.
Paul Walsh 612-673-4482