State Patrol: Wrong-way driver ejected, fatally pinned in Mendota Heights crash

The crash happened around 2:50 a.m. Thursday.
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The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a deadly crash that happened early Thursday in Mendota Heights. 

It happened at approximately 2:51 a.m. on Hwy. 13 at Furlong Ave., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. 

A crash report says a 58-year-old Otsego man driving a 2003 GMC Yukon was traveling at a high rate of speed going the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Hwy. 13 when he ran a red light at Hwy. 55 and then "failed to negotiate the curve at Furlong Ave." 

He crossed the median into the eastbound lanes and rolled off the road. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was ejected and fatally pinned by the SUV. 

The State Patrol said alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, in addition to the man not wearing a seat belt. 

The victim's identity will be released Thursday afternoon. 

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