35W Rear-End Collision Seriously Injures 2 from St. Paul

A young mother is dead because a driver was on the phone.

On May 1, 2016, on Interstate 35W, a driver using a phone rear ended a vehicle, seriously injuring the driver and his passenger, who tragically died a few days later. Proceeds from a GoFundMe page that was started for the deceased mother, Brea Miller, will now be use for her 2-year-old daughter.

Minnesota State Patrol Preliminary Report

A Hyundai Santa Fe (V1) and a Chrysler Town & Country (V2) were at a stop in a construction zone on northbound Interstate 35W and County Road D in Ramsey County. A Honda Fit (V3) was approaching them, preparing to stop. The driver of an Acura TSX (V4) rear ended V3 at freeway speeds, pushing V3 into V2, and V2 into V3.

The State Patrol was assisted by the New Brighton Police Department, Roseville Police Department, and local fire and EMS.

This tragic crash seriously injured two people: Michael Bain, the driver of V3; and Brea Miller, also from St. Paul, the passenger in V3. Ms. Miller did not survive. Michael Bain was her fiance, and according to news reports, he suffered severe traumatic brain injuries.

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