Two killed in 12th Street crash (UPDATED)

Both people in a Toyota Corolla died Tuesday morning after the car was struck by a car driving southbound on 12th Street SW in Forest Lake. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Two-car wreck took place Tuesday morning


Clint Riese
News Editor

The first fatal vehicle accident in years to occur on a Forest Lake city roadway claimed two lives Tuesday morning.

The two-car crash took place just before 9:30 a.m. on 12th Street SW.

A southbound, red 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT t-boned the driver’s side of a blue 1989 Toyota Corolla that was pulling out of the main exit of Walmart.

A witness driving behind the Pontiac said that vehicle driving erratically, according to Forest Lake Police Department Capt. Greg Weiss.

“Speed is a factor,” Weiss said.

The impact of the collision flung the Corolla from the westernmost lane across the other three lanes and into the parking lot of the plaza on the east side of the busy street.

Those in the Corolla – driver David W. Rosenlund, 36, of Farmington, and passenger Michelle Dawn Jones, 53, who recently moved to Forest Lake   – were both pronounced dead at the scene, Weiss said. The female was extricated from the vehicle by the Forest Lake Fire Department before being pronounced dead.

The driver of the Pontiac – Kevin E. Karsky, 21, of Wyoming – did not require medical attention. He was the lone occupant in the vehicle.

He was taken to a hospital to have a blood sample taken and was then to be released.

The incident is under investigation by FLPD and a reconstruction team from the State Patrol.

Between the accident reconstruction and the blood testing, it could take at least 30 days to determine if charges will be filed.

It is unknown whether those involved were wearing seatbelts.