Three teenagers and one young woman were killed in separate traffic crashes on Minnesota roads between Friday night and Sunday evening.
The State Patrol says snowy conditions factored in a single-vehicle wreck around 4:20 p.m. Sunday in which the driver of a Ford F-250 pickup that was westbound on Hwy. 55 in Eagan lost control in the left lane near Dodd Road and rolled into the median.
A passenger in the truck, identified as 17-year-old Angely Burgos-Salas, of Minneapolis, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol said.
Three others in the vehicle, all of whom were wearing a seatbelt, were not injured.
Teen driver killed in southern Minnesota crash
Just before 6 p.m. Sunday, a 16-year-old boy driving a Chevy Silverado eastbound on Interstate 90 in southern Minnesota lost control in Winona County, with the vehicle then entering the median and rolling.
The teenager driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died in the crash. He has not been identified.
The only passenger in the Silveradio, a 13-year-old boy from Racine, Wisconsin, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol noted.
19-year-old dies in Big Lake Township crash
During the overnight hours of Sunday morning, a 19-year-old died in a single-vehicle crash northwest of the Twin Cities in Big Lake Township. According to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Dashon Rodriguez's body was pulled from a vehicle that was in 11 feet of water in the Mississippi River.
The sheriff's office says Rodriguez missed a 90-degree turn on the 15500 block of County road 30 and was traveling at a high rate of speed. A 22-year-old passenger was able to get out of the vehicle and swim to shore, going to a nearby home for help.
The incident happened in Big Lake Township in the early hours of the morning, with the 19-year-old driver, Dashon Rodriguez, found dead in the vehicle after it was pulled from 11 feet of water.
The passenger, identified as Michael Moksnes, was able to get out, swim to shore, and go to a nearby house for help.
The sheriff's office says alcohol is believed to have been in a factor in the crash.
Lakeville woman fatally struck in central Minnesota
A fourth fatal crash happened just after 5 p.m. Friday when a woman was struck by a motorist on Hwy. 64 at 120th St. near Motley, Cass County.
According to the State Patrol, a 69-year-old man from Ramsey, Minnesota, was driving a Honda Accord northbound on Hwy. 64 when he struck a 29-year-old woman who was apparently outside of her vehicle at the time of the crash.
Alexa Rose Hokeness, 29, of Lakeville, had been driving a Toyota Camry prior to being fatally struck. Hokeness died at the scene, according to the State Patrol.
Another serious injury crash happened on slick roads in Bloomington Sunday evening. The State Patrol says a 56-year-old Richard David Bethune, of Minneapolis, was outside of his Jeep Liberty that had stalled on I-35W northbound near 90th St. when a chain-reaction crash resulted in him being hit by a Chevy Tahoe involved in the crash.
Bethune suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Hennepin Healthcare.