Woman Killed in Forest Lake Accident, 100+ Accidents Due to Snow
The accidents were prolific Saturday morning due to patchy ice and snow. State Patrol reported more than 100 crashes around Minneapolis-St. Paul from 3 a.m. – 11 a.m. Bridges froze over and roads had patches of ice that were covered with a dusting of snow. MnDOT was out treating trouble spots with salt.
Around 8 a.m., a 45-year-old woman, from Cedar, MN, went off the road in Forest Lake after spinning out on a patch of ice on 35 W North. She left her car to check on another accident victim, was struck by a car driven by a Pine City woman, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident involved three cars that had spun out on northbound 35W near the Forest Lake split. The drivers of vehicle 1 and vehicle 2 got out of their cars to help the third driver, who had rolled his car. It was at that time that a fourth car came onto the scene and fatally struck the woman from Cedar.
Those involved in the accident were: William Franks, 58, of Chaska; Tirrell Corgard, 70, of Roseville; and Maria Wilson, 34, of Pine City; and the unidentified woman from Cedar. The accident is under investigation.
Legal Help Is Available
Minnesota state law allows the spouse and next of kin to recover monetary damages when there is a wrongful death in a fatal car crash. Damages allowed include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost potential earnings, and loss of companionship. In a wrongful death case, the court appoints a trustee to represent the spouse and next of kin.