Three Coon Rapids residents were killed and five more seriously injured in a crash on I-94 Sunday in Minneapolis.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, John Akinbowale Barbington, 51, of Coon Rapids, was driving a 2000 Toyota Sienna van northbound on I-94 near 49th Avenue at 1:08 p.m. April 7 when he struck a 2003 Honda Odyssey that had just been involved in an accident with a 2011 Jeep Patriot.
The van crashed into the median barrier and overturned several times, ejecting all seven passengers who were not wearing seat belts.
Barbington was the only one in the vehicle wearing a seat belt, said Lt. Eric Roeske of Minnesota State Patrol.
Killed in the accident were Barbington’s mother Modupeola Olabisi, 80; his wife Olawunmi Olabisi-Barbington, 45; and his son Seun Eperepolu, 16, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Eperepolu was a sophomore at Anoka High School. Principal Mike Farley said there was a common theme of Seun from classmates who shared their stories early this week.
“He was an extremely kind young man, very caring and always had a smile on his face,” Farley said.
“He’d give you his coat if you didn’t have one or his lunch if you didn’t have it. He was loved by his teammates and teachers.”
Seun was involved in football, track and weight training.
Barbington was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center and is still listed in serious condition.
His daughters Fisayo Barbington, 15; Faith Barbington, 12; and Tobi Barbington, 5; and family relative Oluremi Ogundare, 61, of Columbia Heights were taken to North Memorial Hospital.
Faith has been discharged from the hospital. As of Wednesday morning (April 10), Fisayo is still in critical condition. Tobi and Ogundare are in fair condition.
Fisayo is a ninth-grade student at Champlin Park High School and Faith is in sixth-grade at the Anoka Middle School for the Arts Washington campus, according to the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
The three occupants of the other two vehicles involved in the three-car crash suffered no apparent injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
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