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Hanson's friend calls chase 'senseless'

The chase leading up to the accident that severely injured Roger Hanson makes the situation even more difficult for his supporters. Driver Salajko Hidanovic, 21, was fleeing the Minnesota State Patrol before he collided with the motorcyclist. The...

The chase leading up to the accident that severely injured Roger Hanson makes the situation even more difficult for his supporters.

Driver Salajko Hidanovic, 21, was fleeing the Minnesota State Patrol before he collided with the motorcyclist.

The State Patrol attempted to stop his vehicle for not having license plates about 3:20 p.m. June 19 at Eighth Street South and Interstate 94 in Moorhead.

The trooper pursued the vehicle as it drove west on I-94 and exited north onto Fargo's South University Drive.

Minnesota State Patrol Capt. Bruce Hentges said the pursuit ended several minutes before the accident.

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The chase ended at South University Drive and 13th Avenue South. Because Hidanovic began driving the wrong way on South University Drive, a State Patrol supervisor issued an order to discontinue the chase, Hentges said.

Even though the chase was stopped, Hanson's 20-year friend Gary Iverson called it senseless.

"It seems like it could have been avoided somehow," Iverson said. "For license plates on a car, I don't see why they'd have to chase somebody like that."

Construction zones on University Drive prevented the vehicles from driving very fast, Hentges said, though he didn't know the exact speed.

"It was over the speed limit, but it wasn't any great high speeds," Hentges said Tuesday.

Hidanovic was southbound on 15th Street South when he hit Hanson.

A witness said the vehicle ran at least two stop signs and was traveling between 50 and 80 mph, court records say.

Hidanovic and a passenger, 19-year-old Jillian Pearson, were later captured on foot.

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Hidanovic, who listed 2414 17th St. S., Fargo, as his address in court papers, is in the Cass County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.

Charges stemming from the June 19 incident include felonies of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, reckless endangerment and fleeing a police officer.

Each carries up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

"(The possible maximum sentence) seems pretty small when you consider it has ruined Roger's life as he knows it," said his friend Brenda Boland.

Hidanovic also has been charged with misdemeanors of driving under suspension, driving without liability insurance and resisting a police officer.

He has six other charges from separate incidents, one from Dec. 2 and the other from Jan. 12, including simple assault and burglary.

Karen Friedrich, Hanson's friend, said it's comforting to know Hidanovic is in jail.

"Then he's not out there to harm somebody else," she said.

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Hanson's brother, Julius, and other friends say they'll monitor Hidanovic's trial.

"The way it sounds the punishment won't be enough," Iverson said. "To see Roger like that, I don't know what would be enough."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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