Police identify victim of East Bethel accident

Stephanie Marie Church, 24, of Blaine died in a two-vehicle accident in East Bethel Saturday morning (Nov. 17), according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Breezy Point Drive N.E. and Viking Boulevard N.E. about 8:44 a.m. Nov. 17 on a report of a two-vehicle collision.

Deputies located Church inside her overturned vehicle in the south ditch of Viking Boulevard. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A second vehicle stopped on the road had two male occupants, the driver age 16 and the passenger, 46, who were conscious, but had injuries and they were taken to the hospital by paramedics, the sheriff’s office press release states.

According to the sheriff’s office report, they were traveling west on Viking Boulevard at Breezy Point Drive, when an oncoming vehicle traveling eastbound spun out of control into their lane and on impact, it veered off the road into the ditch rolling over.

Witnesses living nearby called 911.

According to her obituary on the Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel website, Church was a speech pathologist who worked with children.

She is survived by her parents Paul “Pete” and Margaret, brother James (Mahtab) and their sons, Arman and Omeed; and grandfather, Paul Church.

A celebration of Church’s life will take place Wednesday (Nov. 21) at the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd., in Coon Rapids. Visitation will be one hour before and also on Tuesday (Nov. 20) from 5-8 p.m.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

Peter Bodley contributed to this story.

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