LINDSTROM, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities have confirmed that three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash early Friday night in Lindstrom.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a crash at about 6:07 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Olinda Trail and Morgan Avenue.

According to a 911 dispatcher, one vehicle was traveling southbound and one vehicle was traveling northbound at the time of the collision. Three people died at the scene, and two victims were taken to the hospital by a helicopter.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office said that a 2002 Ford van being driven by a 68-year-old woman from Marine on St. Croix crossed the center line and struck a 2000 Toyota van head-on. The van was being driven by 52-year-old Bart Izaac Hazlett from St. Anthony. Three of his children were in the car at the time of the crash. Authorities identified them as 15-year-old Zoe Felix Hazlett, 11-year-old Olivia Roy Hazlett and 9-year-old Roan Huy Hazlett.

The 68-year-old woman was taken to Region’s Hospital by helicopter and is currently listed in serious condition.
The sheriff’s office said Bart Hazlett, Olivia Hazlett and Roan Hazlett were all pronounced dead at the scene. Zoe Hazlett was taken to Region’s Hospital and eventually transferred to Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care, where she is listed in fair condition.

“I started the morning shrieking, crying that my friend was dead and two of his kids,” said close family friend and Twin Cities musician Curt Almsted.

Almsted used to play in bands with Bart Hazlett decades ago and he refers to Hazlett by his nickname Buck.

“Hardworking, diligent, wonderful,” Almsted described Hazlett. “Perfect as they say. Perfect family. Everyone that knows him and the kids, they were so sweet and adorable, they will be remembered forever and never forgotten.”

Bret Hazlett, Bart Hazlett’s brother, said that Bart leaves behind his wife and another daughter.

Bret and Bart Hazlett started a restaurant together called Maverick’s in Roseville, Minn.

Almsted says his heart breaks for the Hazlett family, especially considering the crash happened on Father’s Day weekend.

“I lost a child 25 years ago, it is the worst thing that can happen,” Almsted said. “For everybody has a dad that is living, let them know you love them.”

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office said it doesn’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but they will wait for toxicology results. Investigators also say everyone in the crash was wearing a seatbelt.

“It’s a horrendous situation. I feel very bad for the family and anybody who is close to them and who knows them as well,” said Deputy Chief Chad Worden of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

The Minnesota State Patrol and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office both said the accident remains under investigation.

Hazlett Family Memorial Fund

Marcia Hazlett, sister to Bart Hazlett, has set up a memorial fund for the Hazlett family.

Donations can be sent to:

Hazlett Family Memorial Fund
Park Midway Bank
2300 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Comments (29)
  1. Grace M Hudson says:

    Wow, you have got to be a troll. If you are serious, then I wonder about your reasoning ability.

    1. Paulie says:

      You are being unreasonable Grace. My Heart has a point but it should be bi-annual tests. There are a lot of people much older than that who can drive with no problem. But there is a limit. An annual is simply too long to wait for an issue to occur.

    2. Grace M Dinosaur says:

      Grace, you sound too old to drive, please stay off the roadway.

  2. Northern Minnesota says:

    Come on 60 ??? Age has nothing to do with it. There are 70 and 80 year olds still driving and never cause an accident. There was some carelessness going on here. Sorry to the family that have lost there loved ones. Sad story.

  3. Bob says:

    I’m 62 with a Class A CDL, and drive as well as I did in my 20’s. I surely pay more attention to the road and traffic activity than many in their 20’s today. You might try to control your exclamation points. You’ll drive up your blood pressure getting carried away like that.

  4. BKKbadboy says:

    The lady who lives next to me is 92 and has a DL. She walks with a
    walker and takes about 10mins to get behind the wheel. And then off
    she goes. Any day now ????

    1. Take Away the KEYS says:

      Seniors should have their DLs automatically revoked at age 65, no exceptions, they are GD hazards to public safety. At age 80 they should be placed into high security nursing homes so that they don’t hurt themselves or meander off and get lost. I am an 74 year old man, I gave up my driving privileges willingly after realizing how big of a threat I was on the roadway. I once drove my car through the back wall of my garage, after mistaking the gas for the brake, a very common mistake for a feeble senior mind to make.

      1. captainobvious says:

        Considering the new retirement age is 67 and will probably be 70 soon enough taking away my license at 65 is not a realistic thing to do, Just because you’re an old turd who can’t drive doesn’t mean i can’t.

  5. Ez says:

    Driving is not a right so they should require tests every six months. I am so sick of old people killing other people with their cars. This is getting ridicules, when are we going to put a stop to this?

    1. kay says:

      sick of ‘old people’ killing other people with their cars!? 68 is not old 1st of all! and far more new drivers cause accidents! i have a 17yr old family member that caused an accident just this week from inattentive driving! my parents are in their mid-60;s and have never been in or caused an accident. yes perhaps more frequent tests may help but they should be required of EVERYONE! i last renewed my drivers license in ’01 and still have a few years to go before i renew it again, that is a long time!
      I hope to god that when you are older the younger people have more feelings and sense then you seem to have!

      1. Jay says:

        Totally agree! When my Father was alive he was still driving after hed had several small strokes, then he suffered a massive stroke, suffered from Asphasia, dementia,and yet he TRIED to drive a car again! It was difficult to disable his vehicle to end his driving days, but someone had to do it. The state sure didnt! Im over 65 and firmly believe elders should be tested more often, and licences revoked after one suffers a major health incident that would affect ones ability. We’d be surprised to know just how many elders are on the road today that shouldnt be! Just because our licenses are good for a number of years should not entitle the holder to continue driving without an assessment of abilities to react. Reports should be mandatory to DMV by Drs/hospitals when a licensed driver is deemed a risk.

  6. markH says:

    There should simply be bi-annual road tests for drivers over 60 (I’m approaching that myself) to make certain our roadways are safer. No one wants to admit that they are a danger to themselves or others because it takes aways their freedom, but human life is more important that ego here. By the way-I also believe that 16 is way too young to be operating a motor vehicle (17 seems a bit young to me too). The insurance industry is quite aware that 16-17 year olds are the most “as risk” demographic, yet our law makers ignore the facts and innocent people continue to die and suffer horrendous injury. It is simply nuts. Peace.

  7. me says:

    My heart goes out to this family. I agree with others. We need to re-examine elderly driving.

  8. sjc says:

    My 64 year old mother was killed this year by a 40 year old semi driver who went off the road. She had NO citations in many years; he was a chronic speeder with no license. AGE is a poor argument when you don’t know the circumstances here. Oftentimes the initial reports are later proven incorrect when a reconstruction is established. I don’t know the numbers on how many accidents are caused by the “elderly” (60? really?) versus other age groups – do you?

  9. Native Minnesotan says:

    All of you who wish for no one over 60 to drive best be ready to chauffeur your “elderly” relatives every where they need to go. I doubt most people are willing to commit to that.

  10. NickB says:

    I was hit head on while driving my scooter home just over a month ago by a lady in her late 50’s. She as well crossed over into my lane, I tried to swerve but she came right at me. I flew over her car and sustained severe injuries to my leg and hand. I was at HCMC for almost 3 weeks and now walk with a limp and have lost the use of my right hand, which may be semi-permanent. Being a chef this might be a career ending injury, and I’m not even 30 yet. I urge everyone, young and old, to put down the phone or whatever is distracting you and pay attention to the road before you kill or injure somebody.

  11. Becky says:

    So, what causes the hundreds of other accidents where the people involved are under 60?

  12. kay says:

    hey i’d far rather be in a car driven by a 60 something driver then a teen or 20 something! your suggestion is completely unreasonable!

  13. Tball says:

    Not to assume that the womans age was the issue, but I have thought before that drivers should re take the exam every 5 years or so to refresh their driving skills and make sure that safe drivers are on the road. It would make more money for the DMV and the state, keep safer drivers on the road, create more jobs and possibly save some lives.

  14. Michelle says:

    It is very sad for everyone to “assume” that this happened due to age. I too know the “68” year old women very well, she has a heart of gold, amazing wife, mother and grandmother. It is VERY sad that this has happened – but lets be real, she did not set out her day for something like this to happen to her and MOST definatly the 3 great people whos lives were cut short due to this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers go out to all families and friends that are effected by this sad day. The days ahead will not be easy….Everyone drive safe, kiss your kids good night, hug your loved ones and do not forget to say you love them as you do not know what tomorrow brings!

    1. Vel says:

      Thank you Michelle! I too know the “68” year old woman. I also agree that she is a WONDERFUL person. She is a good friend’s mom and she taught me how to sew. I always looked up to her and even though I haven’t seen her in many years, I still do. You are right, she didn’t set out that day for this to happen. She is going to be completely devastated as to what happened too..not that that makes it any easier for anyone involved, but hopefully both families can find peace. My daughter and I were hit from behind by a 18 year old girl a little over a month ago and the girl was not cited. She was traveling at 60mph and I was going 20 following some hay wagons. The officer told me that “accidents happen, some can be avoided, but accident’s are still accidents” I still feel anger from time to time, but thankfully the results of our accident were not this tragic. I pray for peace for both families and all involved at the scene and after. Unless we were there that day, we don’t and won’t ever know the exact story of what happened..

  15. concerned citizen says:

    I don’t think anyone should be jumping to conclusions about what occured. The police do not know what caused this accident. It was an accident…let the police make the determination. It could have been a health issue and you don’t have to be old to have those. It could have been distracted driving…we all have been guilty of that…if you say you haven’t you are not an honest person. I believe that the Lord knew that this was going to occur and when. It isn’t fair…it sucks for all involved. However, there is a greater being that is in control of all of us. We never know when the end is coming…so tell those that you love that you love them often. Especially all of those Dads out there on Father’s Day! Peace to the families of all those involved in this horrendous accident.

  16. Bea says:

    Too many people hugging that center line. Easy to cross over. Pay attention to that. All ages too. One slip is all is takes.

  17. Amanda Almsted says:

    It’s Almsted not Olmsted. In regards to the video. The article has the last name spelled right.

  18. JKB says:

    My sincere condolences go out to this wife, Mother, the remaining children, the extended families and friends affected by this tragedy. Life is precious and we never know when that last good-bye, hug ,or kiss will be.

    1. sue s. says:

      Ditto… These are my sister-in-laws cousins. Prayers to them all!!

  19. HAH says:

    I personally don’t think age matters, just people not paying attention is all it boils down too and alcohol plays a big factor in that as well, so just be smart that simple