2 Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On I-94 Identified

By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV and James Schugel, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two families are now grieving for two men, who were killed early Wednesday morning in a head-on wrong-way crash along Interstate 94.

The accident happened at midnight near Lowry Avenue, just north of downtown Minneapolis.

Based on a 911 call placed just before the accident, the Minnesota State Patrol believes 49-year-old Reginald White left downtown Minneapolis and began going north on I-94 in the southbound lane. Soon, his vehicle crashed directly into a Jeep Liberty SUV.

The driver of the Jeep has been identified as 21-year-old Jason Norbeck of Maplewood.

“He had a wonderful personality. He was very easy going. He loved everybody. Everybody loved him,” said Norbeck’s mother, Kim Norbeck. She said her son was working two jobs in the Twin Cities, following graduating from Roseville High School in 2007. “He was a good kid,” she said.

White’s fiancée, Teresa Molinaro, learned of his death Wednesday morning. They have a 2-year-old daughter together and were planning on getting married in September.

“He was a wonderful father, and he was my rock. He kept us together,” said Molinaro.

Both drivers were not wearing a seat belt, according to the State Patrol.

Investigators will be looking at traffic cameras to determine when and where White began going the wrong way.

“It was basically his fault,” said Molinaro about her husband causing the crash. “I also feel bad for the other victim’s family, too. I don’t want to be selfish. I give them my condolences.”

Investigators aren’t sure if White had his vehicle lights turned on.

Witnesses told troopers that Norbeck had passed their vehicle, and then pulled in front of them seconds before the crash, giving him very little time to get out of the way.

“Sad. I just don’t think life’s fair. Why does God have to take the good ones away?” said Norbeck’s father, Jack Hartshorn. “I don’t think I’ll ever get over this.”

Now, Molinaro says she feels for her daughter, Renna, who will grow up never knowing her father.

“I don’t know when I’m going to break or what I’m going to do,” said Molinaro. “I know that she deserved a father and it’s just not fair.”

Investigators say an autopsy will show whether or not alcohol played a role in this crash. There were no open beer cans or bottles and no smell of alcohol, according to the patrol.

Watch John Lauritsen’s Earlier Report

  • BBrooks

    Suppose it could have been another form of chemical that was involved but more inclined to think that alcohol strikes once again
    It’s getting so bad on the roads right now – I just don’t get it. No way can I understand this stuff

  • CorkyF

    I’m amazed that there appears to be so little damage to the Jeep.

  • 94driver

    It’s sad that anyone died, regardless who was at fault.

    • RoxiF

      two lives lost…it sad for the families of both and how callous of those people who would call both involved morons…life is life and each life is precious, if it were one of your loved ones would they be “morons”

      • Anonymous

        Investigators “aren’t sure if alcohol was involved.” Without knowing all of the facts, you cannot call someone moronic. It could very well have been a medical condition which caused someone to swerve into the wrong lane. We will not know until an autopsy is performed. People should hesitate before jumping to conclusions and calling the deceased moronic. It is insensitive to their memories and their families.

        • Whatever Anonymous

          What magical special medical condition are you theorizing about? Do you have any support, any evidence at all that suggest there are real medical conditions out there that cause this, yet allow someone to get a drivers license in the first place? It must be a rare form, otherwise odds are thousands of people have the same medical conditions this lady does…..oddly enough, i dont read about them driving the wrong way on the freeway? Why is that you think? Use your brain please!!!

          • K.

            Anonymous may have a point. Here’s a pretty common medical condition, Whatever Anonymous………diabetes. When a person’s blood suger is very high or very low, they can act like they are drunk……….poor judgement, unable to think rationally, etc. So, before you open mouth and insert foot, be sure you know what you are talking about. I know about this because I am a registered nurse.

            • markH

              If that is truly the case and diabetics are prone to drive on the wrong side of the freeways, then common sense suggests that we should not license diabetics. The most likely cause of this tragedy is alcohol; this is by far the most reasonable explanation (though surely not the only one) for such actions. Anonymous is simply using logic based on the fact that most accidents are caused by human error, not medical conditions. Peace.

          • T

            A stroke could also make you act drunk.

            • Jason Hirdler

              If you are impaired by booze, age, medical condition, foreign – can’t read the signs….get off the roads. Hand in your license – ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ADDICTED TO TEXTING AND YAPPING ON THE DAMN CELL PHONE.

          • Anonymous II

            Diabetics, when having an isulin reaction, can become very confused and even pass out. Someone having a stroke can become very confused and loose controll. Brain tumors, before diagnosis could cause confusion, the list could go on . . . . .No matter the case we are talking about people who have died tragically and until all the facts are in one should’ve reserve comments like that until they have been made public, Besides we are not judge and jury, leave that job up for those who are assigned; Heaven and Earth.

          • Anonymous

            I once had an elderly lady get confused and turned onto the northbound lane of highway going south. It’s not always a medical condition, just confusion. it happens. Sad.

        • Walker

          No, we actually know there was a moron involved. Drove up a ramp the wrong way, onto a highway against traffic, where, from reading the article, we KNOW that they moron was driving into oncoming traffic. What exactly would your person of average intelligence think if they looked down their road and saw multiple sets of headlights coming at them. Apparently this moron thought, “Oh, I should swerve around the oncoming cars and keep driving.”

      • Bubba

        So if you were not paying attention for whatever reason, how do you know if you are on the wrong side until it is too late? <-that means when you are already ON the wrong side. Accidents happen.

      • Jason

        It is sad when anyone dies, however I think people need to get in touch with reality. This isn’t a memorial page, it’s a news media, and wqith that you will have replies that address the hard rality of it sometimes. If you can’t handle that then I suggest you don’t read the articles or watch the news.

  • northsideresident

    Saabs always have their headlights on, it’s impossible to turn them off unless you re-do the wiring in the vehicle. So no doubt the Saab had it’s headlights on.

    • Grandpa thinks

      Mine have been off due to wiring issue that Saab has had in the harness. No big deal to have it replaced.
      Not that lights would have relevance to this accident anyway I’m sure. Coming at you from opposite direction at 60 —- not much of a prayer for anyone.
      Sad deal and one that never should have happened.

  • David

    Jeep Liberty “pickup truck” ? Really ? And how many times do people have to see that people do die if not buckled up before they learn ?

    • musician

      If it was my family member who caused the accident, (driving the wrong way) and was drinking… Yeah I’d agree. i’d say he’s an idiot.

      Sad for the other person… not the one at fault. There was obviously a reason.

    • Alissa Vruno

      seatbelts were not a factor in this.

  • ThothTheBuilder

    Seriously! I’ve lived in Four States and they all have their own sets of problems and it’s all relative but I’ve noticed that there are a lot of head on crashes with one driver headed in the wrong direction. One of the greatest basketball players of the 90’s was killed right here in this manner Malik Sealy…remember him? MN TImberwolf. Whatever the reason, drunk or sober, I think that people should just pay more attention. Let’s all not sit here and pretend like we’ve never stepped behind the wheel and felt guilty as hell when we made it home safely. I have a friend that had two beers and was charged with DUI. It’s not hard to get charged.

    • ?

      The person that killed Sealy was a frequent drunk driver. I believe he’s been arrested again for DWI and I think he received a huge (for MN, anyway) sentence.

  • Andrew Mostovoy

    Oh yeah, that’s EXACTLY how you tell if alcohol was involved – open containers in the car. I ALWAYS bring a roadie with me from the bar. The bigger problem here is that the roads and entrance ramps in this city are f-ed up beyond anything that I’ve ever seen. I sometimes have problems distinguishing between and entrance ramp and an exit ramp especially around the downtown ramps to 94 or 35, can you image someone doing it at night and after a couple of drinks? When people come to visit me here they are shocked by the highways system that we have and not in a good way.

    • :)

      I will agree about poorly designed freeways. Ask anyone who has lived elsewhere and they will tell you MN hwys and freeways are not designed well. Seriously, exit and entrance ramps sharing the same space?

      • Andrew Mostovoy

        When I moved here from Toronto, Canada I was in shock. Back home every interchange is designed to have a pre-bridge entrance and post bridge exit along with at least a 1/4 mile merge lane. Here, my God! What’s more shocking is that while you can forgive the old highway ramps, you can’t forgive the fact that the new/updated ramps are being built with the exact same faults.

  • Susan

    To all of the “Moron” comments:

    Do not judge this accident as you were not there and you don’t have any sense if
    you just say mean stuff such as “Morons”.
    Their lives are gone, so don’t be cruel about it as they are not here anymore.
    Please pray for them and their families and stay away from the harsh and cruel
    judgment. Accidents do happen and we are all human and can make an innocent mistake.
    If none of you make any mistakes, then I am going to pray for you that much more ! If you are so perfect, then get out of your perfection, because perfection creates misery.

    • Susan

      Being Human Means Being Able To Make Mistakes No Matter What !
      The Two People Are Gone And Now You Want To Call Them Names And Why?
      What Did They Ever Do To You?

      Grow Up Dude !
      Do You Even Have An Ounce Of Sadness In You For These Two People?
      Think About It !

  • SndGab

    I don’t understand people who are so callous as to call one of the two people morons. You have no idea what really happened. Believe me if either person had more than 2 drinks the article would say, alcohol may have played a part. It always does. I have seen where this statement is put in the article and no one had been drinking, if the police have just a hunch that one of them had been drinking it would be in there. Some of you people also need to and from downtown. The entrance ramps are deplorable. I can see how drunk or sober you could accidentally end up going the wrong way. My sympathies to the family and friends of the decedents.

    • Understand this?

      If you can see how it is possible to drive on the wrong side of the freeway without IMMEDIATELY recocnizing your mistake and IMMEDIATELY pulling over…..

      ….Then YOU are the MORON!!! Get a clue and grow up!!

  • CWiste

    It should be “neither was wearing a seat belt,” not “neither were.” How is it that our journalists can’t write and editors don’t edit these days?

    • Walker

      Actually, if you use the full sentence and put the object back in, it would read “neither of them were” which is absolutely correct. If you are going to correct people for their grammar you should try to get it right.

  • Cynt

    Well, I’m just outraged for your “poor” friend who had had two beers and was charged with DUI. Don’t the cops have anything better to do than charge innocent people with crimes? If anybody ever deserved the name MORON, it would be you. Other people DIE, because people like your friend only have “two” beers and rationalize (while under the influence…imagine that) that they are not impaired. Then they get behind the wheel and kill people.
    It may not be hard to get charged, but it’s EASIER not to. Just don’t drink and drive. Period.

  • Jude

    If one can neither read or understand English, how does one get a drivers license in this State. I’m not infering that had anything to do with this accident, but it’s just something I’ve always wondered about

    • Ruth

      Because people can take license tests in several languages – not just English. This is outrageous, considering that NO signs are in any language but English, nor should they be in this country. That’s your tax dollar at work for you. Oh, and some people don’t bother to get a license; as long as they have access to a car, off they go!

  • Bobby

    You’re such an idiot. Keep your stupid comments to yourself

  • Common Cents

    My condolences to both families.

  • gonetothedog

    rental car lots have spikes that pop tires if you are going the wrong way…why don’t we put those on certain hard to understand ramps in the cities?

    • My 5 Sense

      Because they are not really that hard to understand. Literally, thousands and thousands and thousands of drivers successfully navigate our metro ramps without problems every day.

      Why do we have to cater to minority of MORONs who cant figure out how to drive properly. Wouldnt it be easier to administer some sort of IQ test and take the license away from those who can’t pass.

      And the biggest mistake this MORON made, was not getting on the wrong ramp….it was continuning to drive on the wrong side without being aware enough to understand what is going on. That is the hallmark of a MORON if i’ve ever seen it!!

    • me

      Okay, then what happens when you have a car with popped tires now stuck on the freeway with oncoming traffic? A scene very much like this one.

      • Ruth

        A car with four flat tires is likely to be disabled enough so that the driver will not be able to get onto the freeway going the wrong way.

    • Ruth

      Good point! Why not put these spikes on ALL ramps and save lives? Flat tires can be replaced; people can’t.

  • deepest condolences

    This is such a tragic situation, the young mans mother is a family friend and she is now left with a piece of her missing. This isn’t a place to call names; two lives were lost regardless of who’s fault it was or if they weren’t wearing seat belts. Instead of arguing with each other maybe you should think of what the loved ones are going through and the fact that they are probably going to see this and read that you think their loved one who is now dead is a “moron.”

  • LAS

    deepest condolences
    Thank you for acting like a caring human being. It is sad that these other people have nothing better to do than sit around and think of rude and hurtful things to say when there are two families out there greiving for their loved ones.

  • trl

    ……there is also the possibility that the wrong way driver was doing so intentionally o a suicide bid and didn’t care who he may have taken out with him…..just sayin……and if not then yes he was a moron.

  • Artist36

    Sounds like a suicide to me. Its just sad he took someone else with him who likely never had a clue til the last second.

  • sg

    This is a very tragic and sad occurence, no matter who is at fault or why.

    I find it very interesting, all the conclusions that are immediately jumped to as if those positing have all the relavent facts of the case.

    Yes, drugs or alcohol could have been involved but there are also a number of other things that could play a part in this such as a mental illness or medical condition. I don’t know, I wasn’t there. Which is likely the case for most posters here.

    Maybe we should wait until the investigation is completed before passing jumping to conclusions.

  • Jennifer

    You said it. A (possibly) drunk person took and innocent life.

  • TS

    If you don’t have anything nice to comment, try not commenting at all. There’s too much hate in this world and not enough compassion. My prayers go out to the families left behind to pick up the pieces.

    • BS

      If there was less stupidity, we wouldnt need as much compasion and there wouldnt be as much hate in this world.

      So the problem isnt the hate….it is these absolute morons who inhabit this earth with us that are the root cause of the “hate” you describe!!

      • TS

        I’m not saying the problem is the hate specifically. I’m saying the problem is the hate that is spread around to others daily. Hate and anger are natural human emotions that are unavoidable. Spewing hatred and anger onto the comments section of a newstory is what can be avoided. Especially in a case like this where two lives are lost, regardless of where the fault lies.

    • Rusty Shackelford

      Learn how to drive, if someone crashed into me like this, they would better hope they hit me pretty hard.

    • I hate rudeness

      I agree with you, TS! The world is full of “hate” and the comments on this post sure doesn’t help any, especially with the victim’s family, who may or may not read this stuff!

      • Wanda

        I am a member of Regianl White’s family and the comments are rude. Both family’s at this time don’t need to be reading these comments. Thanks, to Nancy for your concern. People let the fact come out first.

  • I hate rudeness

    I feel very upset that when two lives are lost, you people get very rude! I feel very sorry for the families who lost a member! Before people post their comments, WCCO should make sure that these kind of rude comments don’t show up!

    • Rudeness Hates YOU

      Why should WCCO censor its postings? Because they offend your delicate sensiblities? Boo-hoo…..grow up or get off the internet grandma!!

      • Rudeness

        Nobody deserves these kind of rude postings, especially “Rudeness Hates You”…..I suggest that YOU grow up and learn how to be a human being!! Boo hoo to you too!

        • Rudeness REALLY hates YOU

          Quiet down Grandma!! Aren’t you the one that suggested WCCO censor it’s user posting so they are nice, flowering and absent of rude comments?

          Yep, it was….so again, get off the interent if you cant stand free speach, dont take away my rights. (and yes it is my consitituional right to use rude language, be obnoxious and say my thoughts freely)

          • I hate rudeness

            Rudeness….You can’t even spell right and don’t take away my rights either! If I want to be compassionate towards others on the internet, that is my right, and you have no buisness telling me how you hate me because I showed a little compassion towards the victims families!! They will be reading this stuff that people post! I do care that the driver was going the wrong way, and he was in the wrong, but calling names don’t make the families feel any better!

            • Rudenss Moderately Dislikes Your Position

              Agreed, and I truly am a bad speller.

              But I was unaware the purposes of this message board was to post condolences to the families?

              I do feel bad for both families…this is tradgic. I also feel bad for the other driver. But I do NOT feel bad for the lady that did this….not one bit!!

              • I dislike rudeness

                Okay. At least you admit that you are a bad speller but you got some words correct. Sorry, and I agree with you. I don’t feel bad for the person that caused it unless she had some kind of medical problem and couldn’t help it. I feel bad for the victim and the families! I think in a situation like this that two lives are lost, I think everyone should be aware that the families of the victims are reading these posts! I sound out on these posts too but hopefully I don’t hurt someone’s feelings, especially when it comes to politics! Don’t get me started on that subject!

  • Sam

    What a big vag – hidin’ behind your fake name.

  • Word Up Rusty


    YOU DO NOT GET COMPASION for MORONIC actions that kill others….PERIOD!!!

    I feel bad for the families of both victims, and the other drive….I DO NOT FEEL THE LEAST BIT bad for the driver. She choose her actions….as much as you people try…there are no legitimate excuses for entering the freeway in the wrong direction and not IMMEDIATLEY recognizing your msitake and pulling over.

    • qryptik1

      Both drivers were male. who is this ‘she’ you keep talking ’bout?

    • Nancy

      She?! What ‘she’ are you talking about? Read the article before you post – both drivers were male.

      To the families of these men, my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved ones. And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE disregard the rantings of the folks on here who feel it acceptable to be rude and crude in their posts. Easy to be a jerk when you can hide behind the internet and not use your real name.

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