Car was driving 100 mph before fatal crash, witnesses say


The driver of a car that rear-ended a semi truck on Interstate 694 Friday night was driving at about 100 mph just before the crash, witnesses have told the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver and an adult passenger were killed in the crash, and a 1-year-boy who was buckled in a car seat in the back seat survived, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The boy's mother, Patrice L. Hooks, 31, of Hopkins, was the passenger and his father, whose name has not been released by the medical examiner's office, was driving, Lt. Erick Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said on Saturday.

The boy was taken to a hospital but did not appear injured, according to Roeske. He said the boy is being cared for by social services in Anoka County, according to the Pioneer Press.

The accident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Friday night in the eastbound lanes of I-694 at Matterhorn Drive, just east of Central Avenue in Fridley, the State Patrol said. The lanes were closed for about 90 minutes while emergency crews were on the scene of the accident, the Star Tribune reports.

The roads were dry at the time of the accident, the Patrol said. Roeske said investigators have not confirmed how fast the driver was going, and have not determined whether alcohol was a factor.

The driver of the truck, Steven Pothen, 68, of Wadena, Minn., had no apparent injury.

A recent post on Patrice Hooks' Facebook page indicated she was pregnant.

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