Kingston man ID'd as victim in Stearns County fatal crash

Anthony Gerald Heitz, 48, of Kingston, was killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night and a 35-year old man from St. Cloud is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

FSA Fatal crash accident

KIMBALL — Anthony Gerald Heitz, 48, of Kingston, was killed and Jesse Lee Johnson, 35, of St. Cloud, was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night on icy roads in Stearns County.

The incident was reported at 8:36 p.m. on state Highway 15, north of Kimball.

According to the State Patrol, a 1998 Ford Explorer, driven by Johnson, was going north on Highway 15 when it collided head-on with a 2017 Nissan Maxima, driven by Heitz, that was going south.

Johnson was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with life-threatening injuries.

Roads had snow and ice at the time of the crash, according to the accident report.


Both men were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not involved.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Kimball Fire Department, North Air Care and Mayo Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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