SHAKOPEE, Minn. (WCCO) — Debris scattered on the pond and ground is chilling evidence of a violent impact. Around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Ford Expedition sports utility vehicle spun out of control and off Highway 101, north of Shakopee.

No sooner had salvage crews loaded the vehicle onto a flatbed truck and hauled it from the scene when investigators began the work to reconstruct the accident.

They are trying to determine what caused the SUV’s driver, 21-year-old James Washington to lose control and drive down a steep embankment, crashing into some trees. The force of the crash ejected a small boy, who along with his mother, was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.

“We have marks on the road to show it over corrected near the centerline and went into the right ditch. In that area, it’s a steep ditch, some trees and a pond right there,” said Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Jason Bartell.

When first responders arrived at the scene they discovered that a small child had been thrown from the vehicle and onto the ice. The little boy and his mother, 26-year-old Ashley Scott, are each listed in serious condition at HCMC.

Investigators say it is still unclear if the child was properly restrained in a car seat.

“There was some car seats involved but we don’t know where the child was sitting with that particular child,” said Lt. Bartell.

Investigators were also told by a crash witness that it appeared a wheel came off the vehicle, possibly sending the SUV out of control. But the patrol’s accident reconstruction team has found no evidence of that.
It’s likely that the wheel was dislodged by the force of the crash into the trees.

Washington and two other children were transported by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee where they were treated and released.

Comments (15)
  1. Mama says:

    My guess is that the child was either not in a child seat/booster or not properly restrained in the seat/booster. Otherwise, while possible, it is very hard to be ejected when properly restrained in the vehicle. I hope everyone a speedy recovery.

    1. Alan Burger says:

      Seatbelts break. They are only designed to hold a 165 pound person, traveling no greater than 35 MPH. Happened to me.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Seat belts do not break, sorry. Not unless your car has been sitting out behind a shed for the last 8 years and they rotted out and mice chewed them apart.

  2. K. says:

    A lesson to everyone to always keep those seat belts on especially for children to be buckled into a car booster/seat.

  3. kim says:

    if ya dont hit brakes your seatbelt does NOT lock you into place

    1. Fed Up says:

      That not true in the least. The seatbelt lock is activated by motion, which can be SIMULATED by slamming on the brakes.

      1. Fed Up says:

        Or, in most cars, by grabbing and pulling the seatbelt in a fast motion.

    2. jackactionhero says:

      Kim, why spread lies?

  4. Tracie says:

    I wonder what type of car seat was used? So often children are placed in inadequate car seats. The five point harness is the safest and many of them can be used by children who weight up to 100lbs. They are a bit more pricer that the ones than others but so worth it.

  5. MAJ says:

    If an eye witness saw a wheel come off I would tend to put faith in that statement. Could be the reason the driver lost control.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Did you not read the article? If the wheel had come off before the crash, the investigators would be easily able to identify that fact. What is with the dumb comments on these articles lately? It’s like the readers all ate stupid for breakfast.

  6. mel says:

    Oh, prayers all around for this family. I hope they all make a full recovery.That is so scary.

  7. sarcastic says:

    That driver didn’t know how to drive.

  8. notanexpert says:

    And a man sat in jail for years because Toyota and highway safety specialists said their car did not accelerate on it’s own and the driver was trying to kill his entire family by driving them into an overpass…just saying…

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