A Burnsville woman accused of murder in an Easter high-speed car crash that killed two people was cited twice more after the crash for speeding and driving with a revoked license.
19-year-old Camilla Lashai Dennis-Bond was indicted in a warrant in Dakota County District Court Thursday on two counts of murder in the third degree, two counts of criminal murder using a car, and one count of a criminal car operation resulting in grievous bodily harm. in an accident on April 4. … All felony charges.
According to court documents, she and her brother Leon Bond were racing with each other in Burnsville and hitting 114 mph when one of the cars crashed into a Honda CRV, slicing it in half, killing both passengers.
According to court records, in September she was cited for driving with a suspended license and in October for driving 59 mph in the 35 mph zone.
As Dakota County Attorney Katie Keena said Friday, an offense petition and a request for a certificate of majority for Leon Bond have been filed. Leon Bond was 17 years old at the time of the crash, so Minnesota law requires him to be prosecuted as a minor unless a court confirms his majority.
Dalton Lee Ford, 22, of Prescott, Wisconsin, and Tyler Nicole Garza, 22, of River Falls, Wis., Were killed in the crash.
Shortly before 10:30 on April 4, a white Chrysler driven by Leon Bond was driving east on County Road 42 between Burnsville Parkway and Newton Avenue, according to the criminal lawsuit. Next to him was his sister, Camilla Dennis-Bond, driving a Chevy Malibu. Each had a passenger in the front seat.
They drove from Savage towards the Dennis Bond home in Burnsville. She and her brother stopped at a red traffic light in Burnsville Parkway. At the traffic lights, the passengers of each car rolled down their car windows and discussed whose car could accelerate the fastest, according to the charges.
Bond thought he would win. He told police it was his idea, prosecutors say.
In the course of the investigation, the story each driver told the police changed in accordance with the charges. Both said they were accelerating at 65 mph. Bond said he only accelerated to overtake a Honda that was turning across the road. He said the Honda was ahead of them and was going fast, the prosecution says.
The surveillance tape told a different story, police said.
The footage shows Ford, the driver of the Honda, slowly entering the left turn lane of Ring 42 West and turning left without stopping and heading south across the Newton Avenue road.
Within two or three seconds, Bond’s Chrysler, climbing the hill, crashed into a Honda. A Malibu drove past Dennis Bond, almost hitting a Honda, the complaint says.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol Reconstruction Report, Bond’s Chrysler was traveling at a speed of 93 to 100 mph at the time of the collision. Five seconds before the crash, it hit 114 mph. The stated speed limit is 50 mph, the complaint said.
Several eyewitnesses to the crash told police that Chrysler and Malibu were “racing” and “incredibly fast” according to the complaint. When Chrysler crashed into Honda, a witness said that Honda was “effectively turned to powder and split in half.” Another witness told police that the cars “went crazy” quickly and that they could not stop someone in the way, the complaint said.
Both Ford and Garza died on the spot as a result of their injuries.
According to the obituaries, the two dated. They both graduated from Prescott High School in 2017 and worked at the same restaurant in Wisconsin. Ford earned an associate automotive engineering degree from Dunwoody College, and Garza attended Chippewa Valley Technical College, earning a nursing degree.
A passenger in Bond’s car sustained life-threatening injuries, including a fractured vertebrae, a broken leg, and internal injuries that required five surgeries.
Dennis Bond had three previous speeding convictions and one pending speeding charge. When Apple Valley was stopped on December 10, 2020 due to traffic at 58 mph in the 45 mph zone, an officer wrote that she immediately defended herself and said that she was stopped because “her music was too loud and it was black. ” When he gave her the link, “she crumpled it up and left it.”
Just this month, on October 2, the Burnsville police quoted Dennis-Bond for driving 59 mph in the 35 mph zone. She told the police that she was speeding because she was “going downhill.”
She will then appear in court in Hastings on November 24.