Now it's 14 dead in four days on Minnesota highways


"Enough is enough," the State Patrol's Mark Dunaski said on the heels of three separate wrecks that claimed 10 lives -- seven of them teenagers -- on Minnesota roads in three days.

And that was before the driver of a Honda Fit crashed into a bridge pier on I-35W at I-494 on Sunday night. And before three people died Monday afternoon in a crash southwest of Hastings after a semi-trailer broadsided their minivan from behind.

Now we have 14 dead in four days. Enough really is enough.

It now sounds like 16-year-old Shauna Marie Ruhoff was behind the wheel of a pickup truck Friday afternoon, giving friends a ride home from Lewiston-Altura High School, when she lost control and flipped it into the ditch.

Ruhoff, Morgan Zeller, 13, both of Lewiston, and Katie Lee Hornberg, 14, of Altura, were almost certainly not wearing seat belts, police said. Nor was Cydney Maker, 12, of Lewiston, who was seriously injured but survived the crash.

Police say there was alcohol in the system of 16-year-old Deanna M. Anderson after she died Saturday evening in a collision on Highway 169 in Onamia. Her mother, Michele Berger, and two young girls were passengers in her Chevy Lumina. They were injured and are recovering.

Anderson's car was broadsided by a Jeep Grand Cherokee when she pulled onto the highway. The SUV was driven by Douglas Hodgeman, 47, of Coon Rapids. He survived.

In the early Sunday morning crash near Cambridge that claimed six lives, it turns out the driver of one of the cars, 16-year-old Sabrina Schumacher, had received her driver's license just weeks before the wreck.

Three, and perhaps all four of the passengers who died were not wearing seatbelts: Kelsee Blackledge, 15; Stephen Kendryna, 16; Travis Buchan, 17; and Travis Gryczkowski, 21.

State Patrol said that when cops got to the scene, the car smelled of alcohol. They also said the two men riding in an Oldsmobile Bravada that collided with the Grand Am -- Aaron Neuschwander 23, of Mora, and Josh Netzel, 24, of Sandstone -- were burned almost beyond recognition.

State Patrol has now identified the driver of the Honda Fit that crashed later Sunday evening northbound on I-35 W at I-494. Thomas Emily, 23, of Burnsville, lost control of his car and hit a bridge pillar.

In the Monday crash, State Patrol said William K. Johnson, 23, of Winger, was behind the wheel of a Dodge Caravan who it was struck by a semi-trailer driven by Nicholas Hemingson, 51, of Coon rapids. Two others died in the crash but their names haven't been released.