Editor's Note: As the New Year approaches, Eagan Patch will review the Top 10 most significant stories of 2012, in terms of total pageviews and impact to the community. Disagree with our assessment, or have other stories you think should've made the Top 10? Please post your feedback or thoughts in the comment stream below.
#4: Hockey Coach, EHS Grad Both Killed in Car Accident
Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald called the March 17 car accident that killed Eagan High School grad Ahsim Ahmed and local hockey coach Kelly Kristiansen unparalleled in its impact to the community.
Both victims were well-known and well-regarded in the community, and mourners quickly erected small memorials along Diffley Road, where the fiery, head-on collision took place. Days later, Patch reader Gregory Hunter Freebeck—Ahmed's college roommate—submitted this heartbreaking letter to the editor describing his friendship with Ahmed.
In April, police investigators ruled that an undiagnosed medical condition may have caused Ahmed's erratic, dangerous driving just before the accident.
Eagan Patch will continue our countdown of the biggest stories of the year tomorrow. Check out the other articles that have already made it into Eagan Patch's Top 10 of 2012:
- Top 10 Stories of 2012: Suburban Homelessness Rising in Dakota County
- Top 10 Stories of 2012: Day-Care Provider Charged After Infant Dies Under Her Care
- Top 10 Stories of 2012: Lockheed Martin Shopping Center Plans Hit Unexpected Obstacle
- Top 10 Stories of 2012: Death Threat Issued to Eagan City Council
- Top 10 Stories of 2012: All Three of Eagan's Sitting Legislators Overturned in November Election
- Top 10 Stories of 2012: Eagan Teens Charged in Connection to Armed Robbery