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Woodbury teen charged in fatal March accident

Authorities say five Woodbury teens were on their way to a McDonald’s to receive shamrock shacks when the driver “bumped” on the Settlers Ridge Parkway at nearly double the speed limit and crashed, immediately killing the rear-seat passenger. happened.

Woodbury’s 17-year-old Kyle Scott Hollister was charged with one count of felony homicide and three counts of criminal vehicular operation in connection with the March 13 crash, according to a juvenile plea filed Friday in Washington County District Court by Anthony Zadroic. Is. Juvenile Division Chief of the Washington County Attorney’s Office.

Zdroik has filed a motion to have Hollister certified in adult court.

The slain was 18-year-old Garrett Bumgarner of Woodbury. Bumgarner, a hockey player, was “an incredible teammate” and had a “contagious personality” according to his obituary. “He was full of joy and always found ways to make others around him laugh.”

Connor Broe, Jack Mears and Andrew McKevitt were also in the car, all of whom were seriously injured. All the boys were students at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

The accident occurred around 11:05 p.m. when Hollister, driving a 2015 Honda Accord, veered off Settlers Ridge Parkway at Sundance Lane in Woodbury. The car collided with a tree, and the impact split the vehicle into two pieces at the front and rear; Bumgarner sat in the back seat and was kicked out of the car, along with two other boys not specified in the plea.

Visitors pay tribute at a memorial in Woodbury for East Ridge High School student Garrett Bumgarner on Monday, March 15, 2021. Bumgarner was killed and four other students in the vehicle were injured in a car accident at the site Saturday night, according to the Woodbury Police Department. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

The car’s airbag-control module, which can record data related to vehicle speed, steering and braking position, indicated that it was going 76 mph before airbag deployment; According to the petition, the speed limit in the area of ​​the accident is 40 mph. An accident-reconstruction report prepared by Sgt. Kelly Phillips of the Minnesota State Patrol shows the car was topping out at 73-80 mph; The calculations were based on on-site evidence such as drag factor, surface type, slope and vehicle maneuverability.

According to the petition, Hollister, driving north on Settlers Ridge, drove the Honda into the right-turn lane in an attempt to “get air” upon a bump in the road.

“As Honda was heading to Hawaii, Hollister turned to the left to return to the northbound traffic lane,” the petition said, quoting the Phillips report. “When the Honda came back down and made contact with the road, the front end dropped a gauge. Hollister was unable to control the Honda as the rear of the vehicle came down.

According to the petition, the rear of the car began to spin clockwise and Hollister tried to maneuver back to the left.

“This rectification caused the vehicle to turn counter-clockwise along the passenger side as it veered off the roadway,” the petition said. “The passenger side… approached the trunk of a tree. The impact of the collision was so strong that it broke the rear part of the vehicle. The front of the Honda kept turning clockwise and headed north into the grass and came to a final stop against another tree. The rear side of the vehicle traveling in the north-west direction pushed three people into the road and pavement.

Woodbury teen charged in fatal March accident
A memorial to 17-year-old Garrett Bumgarner, who died in the Woodbury car accident in March, sits near the intersection of Settlers Ridge Parkway and Sundance Way on Monday, September 13, 2021. (Emily Urfer / Pioneer Press)

From the information given in the petition, it appears that all the five boys were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. The report said the road was dry and there were no mechanical problems with the car.

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“The primary contributing factor in the accident was Kyle Hollister’s driving conduct,” the petition said, quoting the Phillips report. “Hollister was driving the motor vehicle in a reckless manner and at high speed on the road.”

Woodbury teen charged in fatal March accident
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