Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 16, 2004

One dead, another critical after accident west of HL

By Lynda Jensen

Icy road conditions contributed to an accident that resulted in the death of a Cokato child two miles west of Howard Lake on Highway 12 Wednesday morning.

Cynthia Perez, 4, is dead after the car she was riding in slid out of control, into oncoming traffic, and was struck broadside, according to an accident report by the Wright County Sheriff's Department.

Her mother, Crystal Perez, 22, of Cokato was driving a green 1994 Ford Taurus going eastbound at the time, when she lost control of the vehicle.

The Perez vehicle slid in front of Richard Roy, 54, of Delano, who was travelling westbound on Highway 12, Roy said. This caused him to collide with the Perez vehicle on its passenger side.

Roy, who was driving a red 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The Howard Lake Fire and Ambulance emergency crew immediately responded to the scene.

Both Crystal and Cynthia Perez were taken to Buffalo Hospital. Cynthia was later pronounced dead, and Crystal was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

Crystal Perez is in critical condition as of Friday morning. She was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Cynthia Perez was strapped into a car seat, but the device was not secured to the vehicle, according to the sheriff's department.

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