Investigation finds speed played role in fatal Minnesota accident

Losing a loved one is always hard. However, it can be even more difficult to digest when their death was caused by the carelessness of someone else.

Recently, jurors in Minnesota listened to testimony from an accident reconstructionist with the Minnesota State Patrol. He contends it was a 45-year-old driver who was behind the wheel — speeding — prior to a fatal accident just south of Austin, Minnesota.

In this accident, the 45-year-old and two others, both 32 years old, were thrown from the car. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.

In figuring out what happened in this February 2012 accident, part of the trouble has been properly identifying who was actually driving the car. The 45-year-old survivor maintains he has no memory of the accident. At this point though, he is facing six felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

In his testimony before jurors, the accident reconstructionist said — based on the investigation — it was the 45-year-old who was driving the car at the time of the crash.

According to the event data recorder from the car, five seconds before the crash, the Cadillac was traveling at 129 mph. Three seconds before the crash, while the brakes had been pressed, the car was still speeding at 122 mph. The second before the car first made impact, it was still speeding at 110 mph with the brakes fully engaged.

The accident reconstructionist claims the car ended up hitting an embankment before going airborne for 22 feet and crashing into a utility pole. After hitting the pole, the car hit a tree before landing.

Overall, the details of this accident sound rather horrific and raise a number of questions, including just why the driver was traveling at speeds close to 130 mph.

In cases such as this one, where speeding is suspected as playing a role in a fatal crash, many loved ones will justifiably feel angry. For many, this anger and the thought of how easily it could have all been avoided can end up being a key motivator for contacting a wrongful death attorney.


Source: Post, “Reconstructionist: Fredrickson was driving 129 mph before crash,” Kay Fate, Jan. 15, 2014