1/4/2012: UPDATE: Two die in head-on collision on Hwy. 58A head-on collision about a half mile west of Hay Creek Valley Campground on Highway 58 on Wednesday night left two people dead, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
By: R-E News Staff, The Republican Eagle
A head-on collision about a half mile west of Hay Creek Valley Campground on Highway 58 on Wednesday night left two people dead, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
Thomas A. Starr, 19, of Goodhue, was pronounced dead at the scene. Elizabeth C. Miller, 18, of Rochester, was transported to St. Marys hospital in Rochester and died early Thursday morning.
Emergency crews were called at about 5:50 p.m. Starr was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound when he tried to pass two vehicles. He encountered a southbound 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck, attempted to cut in between the two vehicles he was passing, slid on wet pavement and over-corrected.
Starr’s vehicle slid passenger-side-first into the oncoming traffic and was struck broadside by the pickup. The front of the pickup and entire right side of the car were severely damaged.
A second passenger in Starr’s vehicle, Santiago Jimenez, 19, of Goodhue, was airlifted from the scene by Mayo One helicopter to St. Marys. As of Thursday morning, Jimenez was in serious condition.
The driver of the pickup, 32-year-old Josh A. Adams, of Goodhue, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by Red Wing Ambulance to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center.
The State Patrol reported that neither driver was wearing their seat belts, though both passengers in Starr’s vehicle were belted.
The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, Red Wing Police Department, Zumbrota Police Department, Goodhue Police Department, Red Wing Ambulance and Red Wing Fire Department responded to the scene.
Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County is taking donations of money, gas cards and food for the Jimenez family. Visit www.hispanicoutreach.org for more information.