State Patrol says Naomi Steinmetz, 78, lost control of her vehicle on snowy, icy Highway 59 and slid into oncoming traffic.
A 78-year-old Fosston woman was killed in a Christmas day collision on Highway 59 in Mahnomen County when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and spun into the oncoming traffic lane and collided with a minivan.
The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the victim as Naomi Fay Steinmetz.
The State Patrol indicates the collision occurred at approximately 11:12 a.m. on Dec. 25, at mile post 310 in Bejou Township. Road conditions were snowy and icy at the time, according to the incident report.
Steinmetz was northbound on Highway 59 in a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria when she spun out of control and entered the southbound lane. A southbound 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Tisi Diane-Steinman Jones, 63, of Underwood, Minn., struck the Crown Victoria. Tisi Jones suffered non life-threatening injuries, as did her passenger, Curtis Lee Jones, 63, also of Underwood. Tisi Jones was transported to the hospital in Mahnomen, while Curtis Jones was transported to a Fargo hospital. All three people involved were wearing their seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor.
The Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene, as did White Earth Tribal Police.