Feb. 12, 2007

Car struck by semi in Kingston

Driver is in good condition, despite sliding onto Hwy. 15

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

A Dassel teen was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital after her car was struck by a semi in Kingston Tuesday afternoon.

Jasamyne Braatz, 16, of Dassel was traveling west on County Road 27 in a white, 1996 Chevy Corsica, when she slid onto Highway 15 as she was trying to stop at the stop sign, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

A semi was heading northbound on Highway 15 when it struck Braatz at 3:15 p.m.

The semi then struck a road grader driven by William Laplante, 37, of Litchfield, heading east on County Road 27.

Braatz was transported by helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital and was originally listed in critical condition.

However, as of Wednesday, this was upgraded to good condition, according to St. Cloud Hospital. She was wearing a seat belt.

There were no internal injuries and no neurological damage, according to Jasamyne’s mother, angela Luhman.

“They were excited Friday because Jasamyne walked down the hall with the help of a walker,” commented friend Cheri Luhman. The family expects her to go home soon.

The driver of the truck was 29-year-old Aaron Rodenbeck of Sullivan, Mo. Rodenbeck was taken by ambulance to Meeker County Hospital, and then transported to St. Cloud Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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