Alcohol believed a factor in fatal crash near Esko

12:42 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
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THOMPSON TOWNSHIP, Minn. - Authorities say alcohol was a likely factor in a crash that killed a Cloquet woman Saturday in rural Carleton County.

Kari Renee Luoma, 34, died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck by another hit by a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old woman from Duluth.

The crash happened at the intersection of Canosia Road and North Cloquet Road in Thomson Township, about two miles north of Esko, about 5:42 p.m.

According to the Sheriff's Office the Luoma vehicle, driven by Kari Luoma's husband, Jeremiah Luoma, turned east onto North Cloquet Road and was struck by another vehicle which was northbound on Canosia Road. 

The Duluth woman at the wheel of the second vehicle failed to stop at the intersection, continued through and ended up hitting the Luoma vehicle on the passenger side, according to investigators.

A Carlton County Sheriff's Office spokesman says the Duluth woman was most likely under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Blood was drawn and it will take some time to determine her exact blood-alcohol content.

That woman is hospitalized and has not been charged.

Jeremiah Luoma was airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

The crash is still under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.


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