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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Broe, Mears and McKevitt were taken to St. Paul’s Field Hospital for treatment for serious injuries; Mears spent nearly two weeks in the region and had to undergo surgery to repair his clavicle, pelvis and ribs. The petition states that he also suffered other injuries including a wound in the liver. Another boy suffered a fractured clavicle, dental fractures and other injuries; Continuous contusion to both the other lung and a right lung lesion resulting in a collapsed lung.
According to the petition, Hollister was taken to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury to be treated for minor injuries, including pain in her lower shin and a swollen index finger. His blood test was done at the hospital which showed that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
The boys told the police that they were watching movies and were sleeping when they decided to go to McDonald’s.
The petition states that a boy, unidentified by name, told officers that Hollister insisted on driving and that “as soon as they left the house,[he]started driving too fast.” The boys believed that Hollister was trying to ‘act cool’. (He) took exaggerated turns around corners and was barely slow for the intersection they passed. One of the boys reportedly told Hollister to “calm down,” he said.
The petition states that the boy in the front passenger seat told police that Hollister was “driving like an idiot”.
According to the petition, instead of taking the shortest route to McDonald’s, Hollister took the Settlers Ridge Parkway because he wanted to “bump”, which was not identified by name, he told police. There is a dip in the Settlers Ridge Parkway, and “teenagers love to drive fast and get wind”, according to an online petition posted on Change.org that advocates for changes to the road’s design. Following the accident, Woodbury officials hired SRF Consulting Group Inc. to conduct an engineering evaluation of the intersection. The group’s investigation did not find any flaws in the way the intersection was constructed that contributed to the accident. He also noted that the intersection “meets all state design standards and guidelines.”
The petition states that the boy “asked Hollister to slow down because (he) was concerned that Hollister was going too fast for the collision.” He “remembered no one in the car yelled, yelled, or told Kyle to stop and no one in the car encouraged Hollister to hit him.”
The petition states that Hollister told officers that the other boys were “telling him to speed up the collision.” “He said he hit 60 mph, and the vehicle ‘got a little wind.’ When the car came down, Hollister said she turned, and did not remember what happened after.
Hollister, who was wearing a shirt while driving, was not wearing it when officers spoke to him; The petition states that he said he “cannot explain how it happened” during the accident.
Zadroic said Hollister is expected to appear before Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman for the first time on Thursday afternoon.