Driver fled after fatally striking pedestrian in Grand Forks, charges say

Tyson Sewell

A Grand Forks man accused of fatally striking a pedestrian in April left the scene and later turned himself in, charging documents said.

David R. Hagen, 65, was walking outside of the crosswalk on the 4300 block of Gateway Drive when he was hit by a 1996 Honda Accord driven by Tyson Sabazz Sewell just after 10 p.m. April 8, police said.

Hagen was lying in the road with a head injury when police arrived, a press release said. First responders tried to revive him with CPR, but he died on scene, an affidavit said.

Sewell drove away after striking Hagen but called police 17 minutes later to turn himself in, according to the affidavit. He was found at 505 N. 47th St. and admitted to police that he hit someone while driving on Gateway Drive, the court document said. Sewell had a revoked driver’s license.

A woman was fatally hit while walking near DeMers Avenue and Interstate 29 the day before Hagen’s death. Police are still searching for the driver that fled after striking 39-year-old Christina Lynn Melvin.


A warrant was issued Wednesday for Sewell’s arrest but he was not in custody Friday morning.

If convicted of duty in accident involving death and driving under suspension, Sewell could spend up to 10 years in prison.

He’s previously been convicted of terrorizing, violating no-contact orders and assault.

Tess covers crime and courts for the Grand Forks Herald. She previously worked for the Associated Press, Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald and The Voice News. Reach her at (701) 780-1267, or on Twitter @ByTessWilliams.
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