A woman from Faribault, Minn., was killed and a teenager was seriously injured Tuesday in a broadside crash involving a semitrailer truck, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Marisa Bocanegra, 39, was a passenger in a minivan that was struck about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday by a semi on Hwy. 57 at County Road 11 near Wanamingo, the patrol said.
According to the patrol, Bocanegra was riding in a Ford Windstar driven by Hallie White, 15, also of Faribault. White was headed west on County Road 11 and had stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 57. As she proceeded across the intersection, the minivan was struck by a northbound semi.
Bocanegra died at the scene. White was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester with serious injuries.
The driver of the semi, Matthew Weis, 40, of Mantorville, Minn., was not hurt, the patrol said.
According to Facebook posts, Bocanegra, who also went by her birth name, Ana Maria, had been reunited with her birth mother and brother in November. She was born in Colombia, and as an infant was illegally placed in an adoption program. Bocanegra was adopted by a family in Minnesota and had never met her mother.
Her story about the search for her birth mother was featured on Gomn.com and was the subject of a program called “The Abduction of Ana Maria” scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nueva Jerusalem Church, 728 5th Avenue NW., Faribault.
“To all my friends/family who came to the airport to welcome my mom and brother and any of you who didn’t make it, we’d love to have you join our family for a Special Evening,” Bocanegra wrote on her Facebook page on Sunday. “We will be sharing our testimony and following there will be a reception. A Colombian Dinner made by my mom & I this coming Wednesday. Thank you for your love and support.”
Bocanegra was the 365th person to die in traffic crashes in Minnesota this year.