HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A Farmington man has been charged with one count of careless driving after he allegedly caused a crashed that resulted in the death of his passenger, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office.
Thirty-two-year-old Saloman Galacia Adorno was driving on southbound Highway 77 in Apple Valley on Dec. 2, 2012, when witnesses saw him swerve slightly to right and then abruptly to the left.
As a result of this over-correction, Adorno’s GMC Savana van hit the guardrail and crash cushion around the bridge pillar at McAndrews Road.
The van went airborne and landed on northbound 77, where it was soon broadsided by a Chevrolet Tahoe.
The van eventually landed on its passenger side, trapping Adorno. His passenger was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The Tahoe’s three passengers sustained seat belt-related injuries.
The Minnesota State Patrol later found that Adorno had not been issued a Minnesota driver’s license.