Crash Kills Mother of Four

The mother of four young Richfield girls died in a car crash in the South Metro.

Details about the Fatal Accident

CBS Local in Minnesota is reporting that the crash happened at the intersection of Dakota County Road 46 and Granada Avenue in Lakeville late Sunday afternoon.

Clint and Sara Ward were heading west in a Chevrolet Malibu when they turned south into the Lakeville Crossings shopping center and right into the path of an oncoming SUV. The Malibu was struck on the passenger side, killing Sara instantly.

Lakeville Deputy Police Chief John Kornmann said they are not currently assigning fault for the crash, but that they think the SUV had the right-of-way. He said that according to state law, the car that was turning, the Malibu, would have been required to yield.

Clint Ward, 34, remains hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center in critical but stable condition. Relatives have been caring for the couple’s four daughters. He is a popular Twin Cities disc jockey.

Sara Ward worked in the Mall of America at the Rainforest Cafe restaurant.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, police said. They are checking for the speeds of the vehicles along with toxicology. The speed limit near the scene of the accident is 50 mph. Police say, however, that it appears to be an unfortunate accident.

Important Information about Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are tens of thousands of wrongful deaths associated with motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:

  • There were a total of 32,675 motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2014.
  • 21,102 of those fatalities were passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
  • 43 percent of car occupant fatalities happened in a single-vehicle accident.

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