Police: Wrong-Way Driver Hits Car in Waite Park, Kills 2

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Waite Park

July 10, 2018 12:21 PM

Waite Park police say two men were killed Monday night when the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by a wrong-way driver.

A release said Richard Tomlinson, 61 of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, was driving a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino eastbound on Division Street West near 4th Avenue South when the car was struck head-on by a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 28-year-old Charlie Barnett of St. Cloud. Barnett's vehicle had been traveling westbound in the eastbound lane.


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Tomlinson died at the scene. The passenger in the El Camino, 77-year-old Roger Nelson of Clearwater, died after being transported to St. Cloud Hospital. The release said Tomlinson was in town to test drive the El Camino and possibly purchase it from Nelson.

Barnett was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. The release said he is being guarded by law enforcement and will be transported to the Stearns County Jail upon his discharge. Charges are pending in the incident.

An initial release said officers first responded to the scene around 7:15 p.m. Monday.


Frank Rajkowski

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