Records for Oct. 19
This is the records summary for Oct. 19.
Extra commercial vehicle
patrols start Sunday
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is stepping up traffic enforcement activity statewide from Sunday to Oct. 26 as part of a nationwide effort to increase commercial and passenger vehicle driver awareness.
During Operation Safe Driver Week, commercial vehicle drivers can expect an increase in seat belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and regulatory compliance. Motorists can expect stepped up traffic enforcement aimed at driving conduct near commercial vehicles.
The campaign serves as an opportunity to increase awareness to the motoring public, especially teenage and younger drivers, about safe driving practices around large trucks and buses. In addition, the State Patrol is using the week to increase awareness to commercial drivers and motorists of the dangers of distracted driving.
Last year, 395 people lost their lives in Minnesota traffic crashes. Fifty-six of the 395 deaths were the result of crashes involving commercial trucks. There were 3,789 total crashes last year involving commercial trucks, resulting in 1,178 injuries.
“Crashes involving commercial and passenger vehicles often have a life-changing effect on everyone involved,” says Capt. Matt Sokol, State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section. “We ask commercial drivers and the motoring public to protect yourself and those around you by sharing the road and avoiding distracted driving.”
Motorists are advised to stay out of the “no-zone,” the blind spots where a car disappears from the view of the truck driver; don’t cut into a truck’s space including while turning, don’t tailgate; and obey all speed limits and buckle up, which is the single most important thing anyone can to do save their life in a crash.
Olivia man injured in rollover
MORTON — A 24-year-old Olivia man was injured Friday evening in a rollover accident on state Highway 19 in Morton.
According to the State Patrol report, Christopher J. Garcia was eastbound near Park Drive in a 1998 Chrysler Sebring when it rolled on a curve at about 5:40 p.m.
Garcia was transported to Redwood Falls Hospital with what are described as non-life-threatening injuries. The report says alcohol was detected and he was not wearing a seat belt.
The car was totaled.
North Ambulance and the Lower Sioux Police Department assisted at the scene as well as the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.
* Azeneth Hernandez, 18, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of third-degree property damage for her role in damaging an ex-boyfriend’s vehicle.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony first-degree count. She will be sentenced Dec. 18.
The charge was filed after a Willmar man reported to police on June 6 that his vehicle had been damaged while it was parked in the Cash Wise Foods parking lot. Someone had used a key to gouge the paint. The man said a similar incident had happened a week earlier at the Kandi Mall. The man suspected Hernandez, whom he had previously dated.
Hernandez was interviewed and admitted to damaging the car with a friend at both the grocery store and the mall. The friend was interviewed and also admitted to the damage.
The repair estimate was $1,560.
Mary Katherine Schmid, Willmar; Timothy Chase Woltjer, Willmar
German Arnaldo Lara Portillo, Willmar; Lourdes Concepcion Mejia Soler, Willmar
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