UPDATED: Victims in Fatal Crash Identified

Eagan police and fire units responded to an accident on the corner of Diffley Road and Amberleaf Trail just after 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Police have identified the victims in a fatal, two-car crash in Eagan on Saturday evening.

Ahsim Ahmed Jr., 18, and Kelly Kristiansen, 42, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which took place at the intersection of Amberleaf Trail and Diffley Road, according to Eagan Police Department Sgt. Jennifer Wills. Both were Eagan residents.

The Eagan Police and Fire Departments along with Health East Ambulance responded to the crash just after 6 p.m. on Saturday. The two victims were the only occupants of the vehicles, according to Eagan police.

The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting in this investigation. No criminal charges have yet been filed at this time, according to police.

Ahmed was a recent graduate from Eagan High School and was studying dentistry, according to a Fox 9 News report that quoted friends and family of the victims. Kristiansen was a father of two and had been a youth hockey coach.

On Monday morning, scorched pavement, broken glass and two white crosses adorned with flowers marked the site of the accident on Diffley. A hand-written note, dated March 17, read:

"This was placed by Molly Norman on behalf of Eagan High School and the graduating class of 2011. May you rest in peace, Ahsim. We will never forget you. Your memory will live on. The world has lost an amazing soul."

Correction: This article has been changed to correct an error. Due to inaccurate information received by the Eagan Police Department, Ahsim Ahmed Jr.'s first name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.

David Henke March 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thank you, Hunter, for taking the time to write a moving testament to Ahsim. Here is a link to the letter to the editor, for those of you who haven't had a chance to read it: http://patch.com/A-rKyj.
Melinda Johnson March 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this devestating time. We do not know either of them, but are residents of Eagan. We drove past the sight today and my children asked what had happened. We heard bits and pieces, but I wanted to find out truth, so we looked here. We said a prayer as driving by, and will continue to pray that God will help you through these hard times. We have not lived here long, but Eagan seems like a wonderful community and I pray alot of people will step up and do all they can to help. God Bless You.
Rayyaan March 21, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Thank you David and Melinda for everything you have done. It is a piece of very shocking news that no one wants to get, but we have to try and move on. We are helping out Ahsim's family, and trying to deal with this heartbreaking loss at the same time. I will never forget Ahsim and all the things he has done for me. RIP Ahsim, you will be missed
Christine Hansen March 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM
David, will there be any follow up on the cause of the accident?
David Henke March 26, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Christine~ Yes, we plan to follow up as soon as the Minnesota State Patrol completes its accident reconstruction and investigation.


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