Speeding and drinking by teen suspected in overnight crash in Waconia that killed teenage passenger

Officials said on Monday that speed and alcohol consumption were suspected factors in the death of a 16-year-old car passenger who was killed when a teenager hit construction machinery parked on the edge of the road. road in Waconia, officials said.

The crash happened around 4:20 a.m. Saturday on Oak Avenue near Goldfinch Drive, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said.

Anthony M. Lewin, 16, of Waconia, died and Isaiah K. Whitted, 16, also of Waconia, was taken by emergency medical responders to HCMC for treatment of serious injuries.

Whitted was heading north on Oak and hit a payloader, which was parked on the right side of the road and “marked with a traffic cone,” read a statement from Sheriff Jason Kamerud.

The sheriff said the place where the accident happened “is a poorly lit area” and the company responsible for the payload charger has it “marked much better now”.

The work in progress is road construction, said Tim Mueller, an executive with Hamburg-based construction firm Mueller and Sons.

Mueller said the loader is owned by a subcontractor, Northdale Construction of Albertville. A message was left for Northdale Chairman Phil Lesnar asking for details as to why the payloader was parked there and marked with a single cone.

Kamerud told the Star Tribune that “the initial indication is that alcohol was involved”, but the results of toxicology tests will reveal how much alcohol played a role in the crash.

The sheriff also told the preliminary inquiry that the car was “well in excess of the posted speed limit” of 30 miles per hour on what he described as a straight, mostly flat stretch of road.

“You’re not likely to have a fatality” under these circumstances if the car is within the speed limit, he said.

Kamerud said once the investigation is complete, his office will forward the case to the county attorney’s office for review of the charges.

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