ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol says a Preston driver started a fatal chain reaction crash in the Twin Cities Thursday.
It happened just before 12:30 pm on northbound Highway 52 near Plato Boulevard in St. Paul. The State Patrol says Megan Charol Severson, 20 of Preston, was driving a 2016 Chevy Malibu in the left lane and tried to merge into the right hand lane. The Malibu hit a 2000 Saturn SL, the Saturn rear ended a 2008 Honda Civic, and that caused the Civic to hit a 2017 Ford Escape.
The Civic came to rest in the left lane of 52 while the Malibu and Saturn stopped in the right lane and the Escape pulled over to the right hand shoulder.
The State Patrol says a passenger in the Saturn SL, Anthony Keli Kawino, 33 of Burnsville, was killed in the crash. The driver of the Saturn, David McLin, 28 of Apple Valley, and passenger Hailey Marie Flynn, 20 of Minneapolis, suffered what are described as non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Regions Hospital for treatment. The Patrol says all three were not wearing their seat belts.
Severson and the driver of the Ford Escape, Gary John Lesney, 64 of Inver Grove Heights, and the driver of the Honda Civic, Joseph Peter Yanish, 41 of West St. Paul, were also injured in the collision but were not taken to medical facility for treatment.
The St. Paul Fire Department assisted at the scene of the crash.