HIT BY WRONG WAY DRIVER CAUSES SERIOUS INJURY – MN CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS
A Woodbury man was hospitalized with serious injuries after his car was hit by a wrong-way driver on the freeway early Sunday morning. “I had time to say, ‘Oh boy,’ and I tried to swerve,” said the 64-year-old driver from his bed at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. “And I got hammered.”
The Minnesota State Patrol says the driver who caused the crash was first reported driving the wrong way on I-694 in White Bear Lake at 4:22 a.m. Sunday. He headed south in the wrong lanes on I-35E and a trooper stopped him. When the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver appeared to be under the influence of a drug, according to the state patrol. Before the trooper could grab the keys, the driver fled, injuring the trooper’s arm and again going the wrong way on I-35E at 80 to 100 miles per hour.
The car accident victim was on his way to work on I-494 westbound when the driver of a Kia Sportage SUV entered the wrong direction from the 35E ramp, slamming into his Honda Accord. “Next thing you know, glass is flying and I’m twirling around,” the injured victim said. “I firmly believe without my seatbelt, I’d be dead.”
Both suspect and victim were brought to Region’s Hospital in St. Paul. “I just hope he’s OK,” said the injured victim said about the wrong way driver. “I’m sure he’s hurt too.” “That guy’s got enough problems without me hating him or anything.” “I just hope the young man can get his life fixed.”
As for the car crash victim himself, he is suffering from a broken wrist, and a cracked sternum and ribs. But he says he’s feeling “very, very lucky” to be alive. “I tell you, God is looking down on me today,” he said. “If I wouldn’t have had a seatbelt on, for sure I would have been dead.” Even luckier – he survived a similar experience in 1991. He says a car driving the wrong way hit him on I-94 when he was headed home from work. That time, he says, he wasn’t really hurt. “But what are the odds of that happening to a guy twice?” he wonders.
The wrong-way driver has not been identified by authorities. He has been arrested and will be booked in the Ramsey County Jail when he is released from the hospital.
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