Tricounty News

Icy roads cause numerous accidents locally

Boy injured on way to school bus

Monday morning, March 17, just before 7:30 a.m., Kyle Voigt was on his way to school at Kimball Elementary. The 6-year-old waited on the side of the road with two other children, but crossed before the driver gave the signal, reportedly at the urging of his sister. The school bus, driven by Linda Rose of Hendricks Bus Service, was stopped, facing south, with the lights flashing. A car heading north on County Road 7 struck Kyle. The driver of that car, a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville, was Margaret Hartneck, 60 of St. Augusta. Kyle’s injuries were not serious, primarily bruised ribs.

The St. Augusta Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and Gold Cross Ambulance transported Kyle to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries.


Accident with injuries in Greenleaf Twp.

Monday, March 17, at 9:08 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Fire Department, Litchfield Rescue Squad and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a one vehicle accident on County State Aid Highway 22, in Greenleaf Township.

Jan Lockwood, 53, of Cosmos was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer on County State Aid Highway 22, when she lost control of the vehicle because of the slippery road conditions, entered the ditch and rolled. Lockwood was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to the Meeker Memorial Hospital. The Trailblazer sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

There were no other injuries involved in this crash.

Boy injured Monday morning

Monday, March 17, at about 07:30 a.m. when roads were covered with ice, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the address of 21998 Co. Rd. 7 in St. Augusta for a car versus pedestrian personal injury crash. A Hendrick’s school bus, operated by Linda Rose, age 62 of South Haven, was traveling southbound on Co. Rd. 7 for a scheduled stop to pick up three children at this address. Six-year-old Kyle Voigt of South Haven began to cross Co. Rd. 7 and was struck by a car traveling northbound. That car was a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville being driven by Margaret Hartneck, 60, of St. Augusta. The St. Augusta Fire and Rescue department assisted at the scene with medical care for the boy. Gold Cross Ambulance service also responded and took over care. The boy was taken by Gold Cross ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries. This incident remains under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak to the driver of a red car that witnesses indicate was traveling behind Hartneck’s Pontiac. That driver may be able to provide information helpful to completing the investigation into this matter. The Sheriff’s Office is asking that the driver contact the Sheriff’s Office at (320) 251-4240.

Local crime blotters March 13, 2014

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

March 4, Patrick Michael Cronin, 39 of Kimball, was arrested in Southside Township on the charge of third-degree DWI.

March 7, Amanda Marie Reinke, 25 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Benton County on Wright County warrants for third-degree controlled substance violation and fifth-degree controlled substance violation.

There were 57 property-damage
accidents, 6 personal-injury accidents, 1 hit-and-run accidents, and 4 car-deer accidents.

There were 3 arrests for DWI, and 58 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.


One-car rollover with injuries

Sunday, March 9, at 3:51 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to CR 43 and 185th Street in Eden Lake Township, for a one-car rollover with three people ejected. a 2013 Kia Optima owned by Kimberly Donnay of Paynesville was traveling northbound on CR 43 when the driver lost control, entered the west ditch and rolled several times. The occupants were Kimberly Donnay, Kyle Gabrelcik, and Phillip Krumwiede. Two of the occupants were taken to the CentraCare Hospital in Paynesville for treatment, while the third had minor injuries and refused medical transport. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Eden Valley Police Dept., Eden Valley Rescue Squad, and Paynesville Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.