Speeding, alcohol played role in fatal car crash

State Patrol report provides insight on November accident in FL


Clint Riese
News Editor

Speeding and alcohol played a role in the fatal car crash that took place in front of Walmart in November, according to results released last week from the Minnesota State Patrol’s accident reconstruction report.

Two people died in the two-car wreck on 12th Street SW the morning of Nov. 6. David W. Rosenlund, 36, of Farmington, and his passenger, Michelle Dawn Jones, 53, of Forest Lake, were pronounced dead at the scene. Rosenlund was pulling out of Walmart’s main entrance when the Toyota Corolla he was driving collided with a southbound Pontiac Grand Am driven by Kevin E. Karsky, 21, of Wyoming.

It is now known that both drivers were in violation of the law: The State Patrol report found that Karsky was driving 60 mph in a 30-mph zone, while Rosenlund’s blood alcohol content was 0.20 percent, two-and-a-half times the legal limit. Rosenlund was also operating while his license was suspended.

Analysis of the Pontiac’s airbag sensor computer showed that the car’s brakes were applied one-tenth of a second before impact.

“By all means, this was a preventable accident on both parts,” said Forest Lake Police Department Capt. Greg Weiss, who provided the results of the State Patrol report. “One driver was going double the speed limit and one was suspended and under the influence.”

The Washington County Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the case for possible charges.