Authorities are investigating the death of a man found in the median of Highway 169 in Shakopee at Canterbury Road.
A passerby reportedly called 911 on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 16, after spotting the body around 3 p.m.
Shakopee Police and the State Patrol arrived at the scene and later requested the aid of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to lead an investigation into the death.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Ryan Wesley Hobot, 22, of Eagan. Hobot was reportedly injured on Jan. 15 on northbound Hwy. 169 north of County Road 83, according to the medical examiner’s report. His time of death was listed as 2:34 p.m. the following day on Jan. 16 on southbound Hwy. 16. His cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force injuries from a motor vehicle crash.
Investigators are continuing to work to determine whether Hobot’s death is linked to an accident that took place in the area of Hwy. 169 15 hours prior to their response to the 911 call regarding Hobot’s found body.
The accident, which reportedly took place around Canterbury Road and Mystic Lake Drive at about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, involved a Hyundai Elantra that veered left off the road and crashed into the center median, eventually coming to rest in the left, northbound lane of Hwy. 169. A Saturn Ion then collided with the Elantra which then ended up on the right shoulder, as a MnDOT video shows.
Fox 9 reports that the driver of the Elantra is believed to have fled from the scene.