Passenger killed after driver strikes stalled car in Coon Rapids, alcohol detected

A driver struck a stalled car on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids and his passenger was killed early Wednesday morning. The crash closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 10 for several hours, and alcohol is believed to be a factor.

According to Minnesota State Patrol officials, a Ford Crown Victoria driven by a 29-year-old man was traveling east on Highway 10 by University Avenue just before 2 a.m. when it rear-ended an unoccupied, stalled vehicle on the right shoulder. The 30-year-old woman riding in the Ford was killed on-scene. There was alcohol detected in the driver’s system, State Patrol officials said. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver and passenger have not been identified.

Highway 10 was closed from Foley Blvd and Hwy. 610 until about 7:30 a.m., when one lane reopened.

The case will be referred to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office for formal charges. The crash is under investigation by the Coon Rapids Police Department, the Anoka County sheriff’s office, Minnesota State Patrol and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.