MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A person is dead after a wrong-way driver hit their car head on in Mille Lacs County.

The Minnesota State Patrol said it happened just before noon Thursday on Highway 169.

A Ford Focus was traveling north in the northbound lane of the highway. A man driving a Toyota Camry, Ronald Lee, was going wrong way in the northbound lane and hit the Focus.

Lee, 61, of Coon Rapids, was brought to North Memorial Hospital and is in critical condition.

The driver of the Focus, whose name won’t be released until Friday, was killed, according to the State Patrol.

The were the only two involved in the accident.

Comments (19)
  1. Kent says:

    Wait for the rest of the facts.
    It’s medical related or booze.

  2. Hello???????? says:

    Sugar Daddy’s strip club, WATCH OUT AT CLOSING TIME!!

    Twice I have had Drunks on 371 going south in the North bound lanes.
    Bad, Bad, Dead Zone Some day…………….

    1. Charlie says:

      Sugar Daddy’s on 371?

      I don’t think the one on Hwy 10 serves alcohol…

  3. Jo says:

    Maybe on cell phone or text or medical

  4. Chris says:

    Murph, You are so sickening with this trash that is just unrelated BS…
    Give us all a rest and go back to your uni-bomber basement home…

    1. Sick of Jerks says:

      Honestly! A person is dead and all you can talk about is partisan politics. You’re a huge jerk, Murph. Get a life or a hobby or a soul while you’re at it…

  5. MRJ says:

    Am wondering what’s going on with all the older people killing others in cars? There have been a lot of accidents like this lately. Maybe there should be a reexamination of licensing for older folks. Since it’s so easy to get and keep a license here, maybe mandatory testing for people over a certain age or with particular medical challenges might be good. It may help to keep them and others safe.

    1. Charlie says:

      Yes, I understand that we should be more aware of folks’ situations…
      Although 61 is not that old, some people with medical conditions sometimes push it… like I said, they and the people around them have to be responsible.

    2. K. says:

      Let’s not single out a person because of their age. There are just as many IMPAIRED (easily distracted by cell phone calls, texting, drugs, alcohol, young children in the car…………..while driving) younger folks too.

  6. Maggie says:

    I was there, and I saw the whole thing. You weren’t there, so until the facts come out you all need to keep your mouth shut. Someone lost their life, respect them and their family.

  7. Concerned driver says:

    There should be a reexamination every five years in my opinion there are way too many drivers on the road that don’t deserve to be there. I don’t want my life to be put in danger because of someone else’s bad decisions.

  8. sick of Drama says:

    You all need to wait to hear what really happend before you just make stupid comments find out the facts first .

  9. cqui says:

    I’d be more concerned about my own safety than why it happened. I travel 169 frequently and am more concerned about the risk taking drivers on 169 more than anything. I’ve seen more than my share of near misses of the youth driving down the wrong way to make a turn faster! My oh my, This is truly a shame!

  10. YoMaMJ says:

    Couldn’t WCCO turn off comments for stories like this? There really is no need to be making comments available on this article.

    1. prayingforallinvolved says:

      i agree!

  11. Corey says:

    Another moron driving in the wrong lane and now another person is dead. What more “facts” do you need? It’s high time we get back to people owning responsibility for their actions rather than setting aside blame on excuses and other factors. Kill somebody driving in the wrong lane, you’re a muderer.

  12. Jami says:

    My friend met this driver on the way to the lake today. When this driver kept both hands on the wheel and kept driving at highway speed, as they were flashing thier lights and honking the horn, they called 911 to report. We all said we hope they catch him before he kills someone. WhI was horrified to see this news. Another human being was not as fortunate as my friend and that is truely sad..

  13. JK says:

    Thanks to those with concern of another persons needless death, please be respectful to the family & say a little prayer for their loss of Husband, Father, Brother, Friend – He and his Bailey (Dog) both left us in a non-acceptable way.

  14. prayingforallinvolved says:

    Ronald happens to be my great uncle. Just know that everyone has family and these comments are hurtful to us as well. We are praying for the other family as well as for Ronnie. No one can replace that of a loved one. I am extremely sorry for the loss that the other drivers family has endured on the account of my uncle. We are praying for everyone involved in this tragedy.