State Patrol Investigates Head-On Crash that Killed Minnetonka Man

October 30, 2017 06:38 PM

Minnesota State Patrol investigators are trying to determine what caused a deadly crash along Highway 7 in Minnetrista Sunday afternoon.

They say a 16-year-old driver was traveling in the westbound lane with his mom in the passenger seat, when he crossed over the centerline and into oncoming traffic.

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Jean Claude Wishard, 44, of Minnetonka, was traveling eastbound at the time. According to the State Patrol, he was hit head-on and killed instantly.

State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson says alcohol does not appear to be a factor, and everyone was wearing seat belts. But the roads were wet at the time, and they are investigating whether that factor played a role.

"That's part of our investigation," she said. "The roads were wet, but we don't know why he crossed the centerline."

Both the teenage driver and his mother were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center; he was in serious condition Monday, and she was in satisfactory condition.

Nielson said it's too early to say what -- if any -- other factors might have contributed to the crash. No charges have been filed; the investigation will likely take three to six months to complete, Nielson said.

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