State has ‘deadliest’ weekend on roadways

At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6 to early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The eight deaths include five on Sunday, the deadliest day of the year. The Sunday fatalities included a three-fatality crash in Minneapolis and a motorcyclist, the second rider death of the year (the first occurred April 4).

•9:43 a.m. Saturday, April 6, on highways 14 and 42, east of Rochester, Olmsted County: Marvin Jech, 66, of Rochester, was killed when his vehicle collided with another vehicle.

•12:54 p.m. Saturday, April 6, on county roads 9 and 10, east of Rochester, Olmsted County: A 32-year-old male was killed in a two-vehicle crash. This crash is under investigation by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and no other information is currently available.

•3:15 p.m. Sunday, April 7, on Lexington Avenue and Victoria Street in Shoreview, Ramsey County: A 55-year-old female pedestrian was hit by a vehicle. This crash is under investigation by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and no other information is currently available.

•             1:08 p.m. Sunday, April 7, on northbound I-94 at 49th Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin County: An 80-year-old female, 44-year-old female and 16-year-old male were killed in a three-vehicle crash. The names of the injured: Akinbowale Barbington, 51; Oluremi Ayodele Ogundare, 61; Fisayo Abigail Barbington, 15; Faith Barbington, 12; Tobi Barbington, 5.

•6:03 p.m. Sunday, April 7, on Brooklyn Boulevard at Welcome Avenue in Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County: Motorcyclist Tyron Somaiah, 23, of Crystal, Minn., was killed after he ran a red light and hit another vehicle that was in the intersection.

•1 a.m. Monday, April 8, Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County: A 23-year-old female killed when she drove off the road and hit a tree. This crash is under investigation by a Brooklyn Center Police Department and no other information is currently available.

“Tragic periods like this past weekend show how deadly our roads can turn,” said Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. “The people who lost their lives in these crashes are the reasons we all need to take the task of driving seriously and make safe decisions behind the wheel.”

Roeske said motorists must buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and never drive impaired. He said motorists should  drive alert and be prepared to react as more pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists return to the roads.

To date in 2013, 71 people have been killed in crashes, compared to 75 at this time in 2012.

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