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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.

linda March 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Very sad. We heard the sirens as we enjoying a beautiful evening and making dinner. Our hearts go out to the family and friends.
David Henke (Editor) March 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Thanks for your kind words, Linda.
Bob Shepard March 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Thanks, Molly for your kind act on behalf of the 2011 class families.
Molly Norman March 20, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Thank you for recognizing my note, David! I didn't expect this to get publicity of any kind, but it makes me extremely happy that people are appreciative of it. This has been an extremely hard loss for our class and it's important for Ahsim to be remembered as he was. A genuine, smart, funny, caring human being, and a real friend to many of us. Thanks to all who have both read the article and also to those showing support. Our hearts remain heavy, but our memories of Ahsim seem to lighten everyones spirits even if in the smallest way.
Rayyaan March 20, 2012 at 05:02 AM
He was a great guy and my neighbor. I knew him my whole life and grew up with him. I also had many memories with him ranging from playing football outside to dinner parties our families had. He was coming to my house the night of the accident. This has shocked me and the entire community. Ahsim, rest in peace, you were like a bigger brother to me.
David Henke (Editor) March 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Thank you, Molly and Rayyaan, for sharing your memories of Ahsim! We're still looking for a photo of him to publish with this story: http://patch.com/A-rHlv. If either of you have a picture you wouldn't mind sharing with us, we would be very appreciative!
Gregory Hunter Freebeck March 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Big thank you to you David. I love your passion to getting all parts of the story no matter what. Thank you so much for contacting me and letting me express me feelings towards Ahsim. Great job. Gregory Hunter Freebeck
David Henke (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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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