Originally published Wednesday, 1/15/2003
and Saturday, 1/18/2003

1 Killed When Driver Fell Asleep at Wheel

Bismarck Tribune: Article dated January 15, 2003

MOORHEAD, Minn.: Mohammed Al - Naseer was asleep at the wheel when his
car struck and killed a man changing a flat tire, Al-Naseer's attorney says.
Al-Naseer, 33, faces two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. His trial
began this week in Clay County.

The charges accuse him of causing the death of Kane Thompson, formerly of
Fargo, as the result of driving in a grossly negligent manner the night of
June 16. He also is accused o f leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
Al-Naseer's attorney, Richard Varriano, said Al-Naseer had been driving
on Highway10 for about two hours when he fell asleep near Glyndon, Minn.,
where the crash occurred. Varriano said his client woke up after the
collision and did not realize something had happened until he made a stop in

Bismarck Tribune: Follow-up Article dated January 18, 2003

Man Convicted in Hit-and-Run Case!

MOORHEAD, Minn.: A jury here has convicted a Fargo man of
criminal vehicular homicide after his car struck a man changing a flat tire.
Jurors decided Thursday that Mohammed Al-Naseer, 33, caused the death of
Kane Thomson last June, and that he left the scene of a fatal crash without

Thomson, 26, of Minnetonka, was struck and killed as he changed a flat
tire on Minnesota Highway 10.

Al-Naseer's attorney told his jurors his client was sleepy from having
driven a long distance and did not realize his car struck someone.