A speeding motorist crashed his SUV into the ticket dispensing kiosk this weekend at a Twin Cities airport ramp and was killed, authorities said Monday.
The State Patrol identified the motorist Monday afternoon as Emmanuel Onsongo, 25, of Winona, Minn.
The wreck occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday at the entrance to the Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) ramp for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said airport spokesman Patrick Hogan.
The driver “sideswiped a light post, then crashed into the [concrete] structure that surrounds the ticket spitters” for daily and short-term parking, Hogan said.
The patrol ruled out alcohol as a factor, but did not address what might have led to the crash.
Onsongo was traveling at “a high rate of speed” at a point where the limit is 30 miles per hour, Hogan said.
Nothing at the scene suggested Onsongo was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Hogan said. The driver was wearing his seat belt, he said.
Hogan said the ramp entrance was closed for nearly four hours, from shortly after 1 a.m. until about 4:45 a.m., to allow investigators to do their work and remove the vehicle.
“There aren’t a lot of vehicles parking at that time, and we were able to accommodate them at other ramps,” he said.
Hogan said Onsongo recently bought the SUV and had not yet put the title in his name.