Driver injured in Friday morning crash on 1st Street in Willmar while second arrested for suspected drunk driving – West Central Tribune
WILLMAR – A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 1st Street South and 28th Avenue in Willmar on Friday morning resulted in the arrest of a driver for suspected drunk driving and other charges and the another driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
According to the Willmar Police Department press release, at around 7 a.m. Friday, a 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by 24-year-old Eduardo Amaya of Willmar, was heading south on 1st Street South and ran a red light. at the intersection, hitting a 2014 Chevrolet car, driven by Aaron Isle, 21, of Willmar. Both vehicles ran off the roadway and struck the traffic light control box and knocked out the power.
Isle was transported to Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
According to witness statements given to the police, Amaya fled the scene on foot, with one witness following Amaya until the police arrived. Amaya was hiding in a nearby drainage ditch. He was arrested and taken to Kandiyohi County Jail. He now faces charges of driving under the influence, open bottle, driving after revocation, hit and run and fleeing police on foot, the police department statement said.
Both vehicles were towed off the scene with substantial damage. Willmar Public Works was also called to the scene to place stop signs at the intersection as work to repair the broken traffic light began.
Willmar Police Department, Willmar Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Rescue Team, CentraCare EMS and Willmar Public Works assisted at the scene.