Elk River drivers call for changes to 'Dead Man's Corner'

- It's known by locals just northwest of the metro as “Dead Man's Corner,” an intersection where several people have been killed and seriously injured in recent years.
    
The busy intersection at Twin Lakes Road and Cleveland Street in Elk River connects Sherburne and Anoka counties. Since 2013, there have been eight crashes, four of them fatal.

Now, one family is trying to turn grief into action and get state officials to do something.

Missy Iaquinto breaks down as she remembers her younger brother killed in a car crash late last month. 24-year-old Taylor Soholt was driving to work during a slushy morning commute when he crossed into the oncoming lane.

His nephew Jordan was waiting for him at the same company where Taylor had just helped him get a job.

"He was super excited for me to come work and to teach me, so I thought it was kind of weird that he wasn't there, but I just figured he was tired or something," he said.

Taylor died at the intersection that day.

"Clearly there's a problem; it's the same area crashes and four people…I don't know how they can't see there's a problem," Iaquinto said.

In most of the crashes, high speed was a major factor. But, weather also played a role.

County and state officials are aware of the dangerous intersection. Taylor's family hopes they act soon.

"I just don't think it should take another life before they make changes," Iaquinto said.

Sherburne County officials say they did install more signs to alert drivers about this curve, as well as center rumble strips. The next step is to hopefully put in a round-a-bout to reduce people's speed.

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