ST. PAUL (WCCO) — MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A suspected drunk driver killed a 21-year-old man involved in a car accident and hit a Good Samaritan who stopped to help him on Interstate 94 Sunday night, authorities said.
The incident involved two crashes.
The State Patrol said that the initial crash happened around 11 p.m., when a pickup truck driven by Marcus Andary merged onto westbound Interstate 94 and ran into another car on the highway, causing that car to lose control and roll, partially blocking the left lane of the road.
Andary and a witness, 37-year-old Keith Barnes of Minneapolis, went to help the rolled-over car’s driver, 22-year-old Alicia Kaufenberg of St. Paul. Almost immediately after, the second crash happened: An alleged drunk driver crashed his van into Kaufenberg’s car, hitting both Andary and Barnes.
Andary, an Iowa State student, died instantly. Barnes and Kaufenberg are both in critical condition.
The driver of the van, 62-year-old Eugene Farrell of Minneapolis, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He has been booked at Ramsey County Jail, according to the State Patrol.
Farrell has one previous careless driving conviction on his record from May 2005 in Dakota County.
Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol said Sunday’s tragedy is an example of why the patrol urges people not to get out of their cars and help victims.
“Obviously when something like this happens, it’s a person’s natural reaction to help,” he said. “But it’s a very dangerous situation, and anyone who tries to help and is out on the freeway in these conditions really needs to exercise extreme cautions.”
The State Patrol is still investigating the incident.
Andary was a high school hockey standout in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., where he graduated in 2008. Andary went on to play hockey at Iowa State. His friends and former teammates are currently mourning his death.
Brian Rooney, Iowa State’s hockey team captain, said he wasn’t surprised to hear Andary tried to help Kaufenberg.
“The guy would give you the shirt off his back,” Rooney said.