Updated: Highway 101 crash claims Otsego man

Two vehicles rolled, claiming the life of at least one individual.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal rollover accident that claimed the life of a 49-year-old Otsego man Thursday afternoon along Highway 101 near Otsego.

Lt. Eric Roeske said the accident happened at about 3:15 p.m. on Highway 101 and County Road 36 in St. Michael, which is in Wright County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported yesterday (April 27) that Stanislav Tarasov, of Otsego, died in the crash, and Brian M. Stichter, a 50-year-old Princeton man suffered minor injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting that a 2004 Ford Taurus driven by Stichter was traveling northbound on Highway 101 as a 1999 Mercedes driven by Tarasov was merging onto the northbound highway from County Road 36. The Mercedes reportedly sped up to merge, and the Taurus slammed on its brakes as it went from the left lane to the right lane to avoid crashing. The back end of the Taurus lost control, went back into the left lane and hit the back end of the Mercedes, causing both vehicles to rollover into the ditch.

Traffic had to be re-routed after the accident, causing quite a back-up for those heading home from work along Highway 101 and I-94.

The names of the people involved in the crash are expected to be released by authorities on Friday.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. The State Patrol was assisted by the Elk River Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Tarasov was pronounced dead at the scene and Stichter had to be extricated from his vehicle.

Traffic was re-routed as crews assisted at the scene. Elk River Fire and Rescue was called to assist with Rogers Fire Department. An air ambulance was also summoned.