Truck was stopped at the stop sign at intersection when collision occurred, State Patrol says, but drove away

    The Minnesota State Patrol is asking anyone who witnessed the early Tuesday fatal collision between a car and a grocery truck at the intersection of the Highway 75 bypass and  U.S. Highway 2 just west of Crookston to come forward with whatever information they may have.

    The crash, reported just before 5 a.m., killed Gregory Ronald Driscoll, 59, of East Grand Forks. The State Patrol in its accident report indicated that Driscoll, driving a 2009 Mercedes, failed to yield to a 2016 Freightliner driven on Highway 2 by Kristopher L. Rittel, 53, of Grand Forks. Rittel suffered non-life threatening injuries.

    While State Patrol Sgt. David Eischens says that anyone who may have witnessed the collision is encouraged to come forward, he said that authorities believe someone driving a truck that was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection at the time of the crash witnessed the collision but drove away.”

    “We know there was a truck sitting at the stop sign; we don’t know if it was a beet truck or whatever, but it didn’t stick around,” Eischens told the Times Thursday. “All that could be seen was its headlights.”

    Eischens wants the truck driver and anyone else who may have seen the collision to know that they will not be in any trouble of any kind if they contact the State Patrol. Even if, for example, the driver of the possible sugar beet truck was driving with a suspended license.

    “That won’t be an issue,” Eischens said.

    If you witnessed the early Tuesday fatal collision, you’re asked to call the Thief River Falls District State Patrol office at 218 683-8410 during business hours. After-hours, call the 24-hour State Patrol dispatch center at 651 582-1341.