Blaine Radisson Road accident victims identified

The Blaine Police Department has identified the drivers and passengers involved in last week’s Radisson Road accident that injured seven people.

The three-vehicle accident occurred July 26 around 2:30 p.m. about a quarter-mile south of Tournament Players Parkway.

According to police, the accident occurred in the northbound lane.

One vehicle was a Mercury Cougar, one was a Nissan Armada, a full-size SUV, and the third vehicle was a Chevrolet Equinox, a smaller SUV crossover.

A witness told Blaine police the Mercury Cougar was southbound on Radisson Road and at some point crossed over the median into the northbound lane.

The Mercury Cougar then was struck by the full-sized SUV and struck a second time by the smaller SUV, according to police.

Kristen Demotts, 29, Oak Grove, the driver and lone occupant of the Nissan Armada, was transported to Unity Hospital from the accident scene with non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, Demotts was believed to have been wearing her seatbelt.

Mary Hauck, 51, Ham Lake, driver and lone occupant of the Chevrolet Equinox, was transported to St. John’s Hospital from the scene with non-life threatening injuries and was also believed to have been wearing her seatbelt, police said.

The occupants of the Mercury Cougar included the driver, Yei Browne, 20, from Coon Rapids, front seat passenger Olushola Haastrup, 20, Blaine, and three rear seat passengers: Samad Lawal, age 7, Blaine; Clement Haastrup, age 9, Blaine; and Cianneh Browne, 20, from Coon Rapids.

Extrication was necessary to remove some of the occupants of the Mercury Cougar, police reported.

According to police, the occupants of the Mercury Cougar were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, all with serious injuries. Yei Browne, the driver of the Mercury Cougar, was transported by North Memorial Air Care.

According to Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson, an investigation indicated the Mercury Cougar was southbound Radisson Road, traveling south of Tournament Players Parkway.

The vehicle crossed over the center median and struck the northbound Nissan Armada head-on.

The Chevrolet Equinox, which was behind the Nissan Armada and also traveling northbound on Radisson, struck the driver’s side of the Nissan Armada.

Initial witness information from the scene indicated that the Mercury Cougar was traveling at a high-rate of speed, Olson reported.

It is still unknown whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in the Radisson Road crash, Olson reported.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com


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