Wrong-way teen driver kills man

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 12, 2010 - 10:49 PM

A teenager drove her car into oncoming traffic on a major southwest metro highway, struck a car head-on and killed that driver, authorities said Friday.

The State Patrol said at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Hwy. 169, just north of Jordan, a 17-year-old girl was heading south, crossed the median and hit a northbound car.

Killed was Zachary Anderson, 27, of St. James, Minn., family members said.

Anderson's stepfather, Jeffrey Benson, said that Anderson had leukemia as a child, but "we were blessed to have him as a child and for as long as we did."

Anderson and a friend, Will Sizer, 28, also of St. James, were heading to the Twin Cities when the crash occurred, Benson said. Sizer sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the patrol, which told the family that Anderson was not using his cell phone, was not under the influence of alcohol and was wearing his seat belt.

The still-unnamed teen was hurt but expected to survive.

PAUL WALSH

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