A fatal crash involving a pedestrian was one of multiple injury crashes tackled by the Minnesota State Patrol in the last week in Forest Lake and the surrounding area.
The pedestrian crash happened in Wyoming around 1:45 a.m. April 14. According to the state patrol, a Chevrolet Tahoe driven south on Interstate Highway 35 by Micheal Quigley, 64, of East Bethel, was exiting onto Viking Boulevard from the highway when Kory William Klein, 32, of Hugo, crossed in front of the vehicle’s path and was hit.
He was taken to Fairview Lakes Medical Center but died from his injuries. According to the state patrol, alcohol appeared to play a factor in him entering the path of the Tahoe, and Quigley was not under the influence of alcohol.
The Forest Lake Police Department assisted with two other state patrol-managed crashes in the city.
The first occurred around 4:40 p.m. April 16 when Gregory Stream, 32, of Forest Lake, was driving east on State Highway 97 and waiting to make a left turn onto northbound Forest Road. Stream’s vehicle was reportedly rear-ended by another vehicle (the makes were not released by the state patrol before press time) driven by Michael Dykema, 25, of Forest Lake, pushing Stream’s car into westbound traffic and causing him to hit a third vehicle driven by Douglas Gilbertson, 36, of Prior Lake. After the crash, Dykema allegedly admitted that he’d fallen asleep at the wheel.
Stream’s adult passenger, Michelle Stream, 29, hurt her neck and was transported by ambulance to Fairview Lakes Medical Center. Two child passengers of his vehicle were also checked out at the hospital, along with a passenger from Gilbertson’s vehicle.
The third crash took place shortly before 7 a.m. April 17 on southbound I-35, near the Broadway intersection. According to police and state patrol reports, a Dodge Durango driven by Cynthia Hofeld, 61, of Forest Lake, was hit by a Lexus 300 driven by Richard Hay, 26, of Chisago City. Hofeld reported seeing Hay driving fast and coming up behind her before hitting her vehicle, causing her to spin out and injuring her when breaking glass cut her in multiple places on her body. The crash occurred during rush hour, and Forest Lake police assisted with traffic control. Hay was cited for careless driving, driving after the suspension of his license and possession of drug paraphernalia.