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Police identify driver killed in St. Paul 2-vehicle crash, second driver in custody

Police identify driver killed in St. Paul 2-vehicle crash, second driver in custody Photo: KSTP/ Chris Knoll

April 04, 2019 10:06 AM

The St. Paul Police Department has identified the driver killed in a two-vehicle crash in St. Paul early Wednesday morning.

Thursday morning, the department reported 52-year-old Mark John O'Gara, of St. Paul, died in the crash that occurred in the area of Concord and Page streets at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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According to Sgt. Mike Ernster, with the St. Paul Police Department, paramedics who arrived at the scene worked to free O'Gara from his vehicle to treat his injuries. However, Ernster said their efforts were not successful and O'Gara was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 19-year-old driver of the second vehicle, identified as Jose Vasquez Guillen, of St. Paul, was treated for his injuries, and was brought to the Ramsey County Jail where he is facing charges for criminal vehicular operation.

Ernster said an initial investigation revealed the vehicle Guillen was driving was traveling southeast on Concord Street when it struck O'Gara's vehicle as he was pulling out of a driveway near Page Street.

Alcohol is suspected as being a factor in the crash, Ernster said.

The St. Paul Police Department said the investigation is ongoing.

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