Fridley woman dies after Blaine crash

An 85-year-old Fridley woman died after being involved in a three-vehicle crash at Highway 65 and 109th Avenue in Blaine the morning of March 14.

The initial investigation by the Blaine Police Department indicates that a Chevrolet Malibu, in which Gabriele M. Kirschner was a passenger, was stopped in the left turn lane on northbound Highway 65 to go west on 109th Avenue.

The 74-year-old Fridley woman driving the car proceeded to make the left turn and was struck on the passenger side by a Ford Taurus heading south on Highway 65 around 10:45 a.m.

The collision resulted in the two vehicles being forced into a Hyundai Sonata, which was stopped for a red light in the eastbound lane of 109th Avenue waiting to cross Highway 65, according to the Blaine Police Department press release.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the Malibu may have disobeyed the red turn arrow, the press release alleges.

The 74-year-old Fridley woman was seriously injured and transported to Unity Hospital, according to the Blaine Police Department.

Kirschner had to be extricated by the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department before she could be transported by Allina Paramedics to Mercy Hospital, where she later died from her injuries, according to the press release.

Both women were believed to have been wearing their seat belts.

The Taurus and Sonota were only occupied by the drivers and both were wearing their seat belts and had no reported injuries.

A 23-year-old Blaine man was driving the Taurus. Information on the Hyundai Sonota driver was not available.

According to the press release, it is not believed that alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash.

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

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