Patrol: Fatal Crash In Hampton Could’ve Been Avoided

HAMPTON, Minn. (WCCO) — The State Patrol is investigating a fatal rollover crash along Highway 52 in Hampton, Minn. that they say could have been avoided.

The crash happened near the highway’s intersection with 250th Street East Tuesday morning.

The Patrol said a vehicle going northbound clipped a Chevrolet station wagon’s rear as it was moving into the left lane to pass. A 24-year-old man was killed in the crash.

Witnesses say the man had been driving at a high speed and kept darting in between cars and switching lanes.

“The last time that it changed from the left to the right lane, it clipped the back end of an SUV, lost control, came down here into the ditch and rolled over,” said Lt. Bob Maskel of the State Patrol.

Maskel said the man was not wearing a seat belt and was partially thrown from the car.

Troopers believe if he had been wearing a seat belt, he probably would’ve survived the crash.

The identity of the driver was not yet released.

  • Ali

    …driving at a high speed and kept darting in between cars and switching lanes… I see one everyday on my 35E drive from Eagan to Forest Lake.
    Please people stop doing that!
    … but I do say a prayer for that young man and his family…

  • WCCO Putz

    Still wondering which is the first vehicle…..thanks for pulling my post, you are real professional

  • thumbody

    How insightful “V” a young man dies from a bad decision and he deserves to die because of it? Wow. Wish I was as smart as you in my youth!

    • v

      a bad decision is eating too much ice-cream and getting a gut-ache. darting through traffic at high-speed is life-threatening to everyone around him. how many innocent people did he endanger prior to the crash?. it’s TRAGIC that he had to crash and die… but he surely didn’t care that much about the well-being and lives of those around him. in addition, i guess we need to put an asterisk on life-changing incidents that involve “youths”. apparently that’s an excuse, according to ‘thumbody’.

  • steve

    I agree with “V”. Why should an innocent person pay the price for his erratic driving? You play, you pay! Sad, but true!

  • Articicial Confern By Simple Thinkders

    Thumbody – what if you or your loved ones were killed by this bad decision, whole different story then isn’t it.

  • Artificial Concern by a Simple Thinker

    sorry for the misspelling

  • N

    If we knew why he was speeding, maybe it was a reason. Prayers to the family

    • N

      He was 36, not 24 also

  • One of the apparent few last sane drivers on the road...

    I’m with Steve, Billy & V – life’s a bitty when you’re a d-bag. Too bad for him he paid for his d-bag behavior with his life, but sometimes Darwinism does us all a favor…and I don’t really care about the reason…can’t think of anything that justifies what he was described as doing…even speeding to see a dying relative doesn’t justify putting others’ lives in danger…

  • Hampton Resident

    Let’s think beyond this driver… If he had killed someone else it wouldn’t be just a “d-bag” move. We who live here are scared literally to death every day when we cross or turn onto the death trap known as Hwy 52.

  • Cathy

    For those of you leaving the smart alecic responses…take a moment and think about how you would feel if this was your family that had just lost there life. How would you feel if you read that he deserved to die and the comments you all left. We all make bad choices in life. You all need to have some respect and grow up. My prayers are with the family and this difficult time.

  • Nicole

    I agree with Cathy, My prayers are with the family at this time. I KNEW the man who got killed, he become a very close person in my life in a short time. Im so thankful to have met him. I look forward to meeting his family and letting them know how I felt. My life wont be the same without him in my life.

  • Tom

    I see that type of driving EVERY DAY on Hwy 52. Seldom see a cop. I had to quit counting the guys I see doing the “Traffic Slalom” weaving in and out all in the name of saving a few seconds.

    I understand that police departments are strapped for resources, and there are a lot of county roads where a police presence is needed. But it’s time to crack down on Hwy 52.

    It’s just too damn dangerous.

  • DBauer

    To everyone who has left a message regarding this terrible accident.
    The young man was the son of a dear friend of mine.
    He has had a tough go of life and he was startng to get his life back on track and going to school.
    Now, his life is over and his Mother and sister are left to pick up the pieces.
    NO matter the reason, this was a terrible tragedy and now my firiend must bury her son today.
    Lets all have a little compassion and say a prayer for those who are now grieving.

    • Steve

      I agree that this is a very sad situation for everyone. i’m sorry for your loss. Maybe it’ll teach us all to slow down and pay more attention while driving. I go through that intersection 6 days a week and have seen some really bad accidents over the past 15 years.
      This was clearly what its is. An accident. Who knows why things happen the way they do. Maybe we should just leave it to a higher power’ an accept it for what it is.

      And Barry, you sound link a real dink!

      Peace out!

  • Barry

    REALLY!!!! It is very obvious that many of these comments are coming from people with high IQ’S. There are two sides to every story. There is not anyone of us that can say we have never broken the law while driving. If you deny this you are not being honest. Word of advice to some PLEASE DO NOT PASS ON YOUR GENE POOL. My thoughts and prayers are with th loved ones left behind.

  • Kelsey

    to DBauer or anyone else who is connected to the victim’s family: Is there any way to get in touch with you or the family to give them a chance to say these things and share what an important person he was? Please email me at I’m a local traffic reporter and watched as the data progressively turned from a crash into a fatal accident. I am very sorry for your loss.

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