Updated at 1:12 p.m. on January 8
A woman was killed on Jan. 7 by a vehicle at the Mille Lacs Super Stop located at the intersection of Hwy. 169 and Hwy. 27 in Onamia, according to Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge.
Onamia Police Officer Jeff Vee radioed the Mille Lacs Dispatch at approximately 6:26 p.m. for an ambulance at the Super Stop gas station located at 38666 Highway 16 in Onamia.
According to a press release from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s office, Vee told Mille Lacs County dispatch that a vehicle had crashed into the Super Stop building, and the vehicle struck a pedestrian who had been walking out of the store. Officer Vee also radioed that he was injured, and the pedestrian was possibly deceased.
Officer Vee was treated for minor injuries at Mille Lacs Health System Hospital. Vee attempted to give aid to the woman, but efforts were unsuccessful given the nature of the injuries.
The Minnesota State Patrol stated that the vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, was traveling at a high rate of speed in the Super Stop parking lot before fatally striking the pedestrian.
Deputies from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol along with EMS personnel from North Memorial Ambulance Service responded to the scene. They confirmed that an adult female pedestrian had been fatally struck by a vehicle that had crashed into the side of the Super Stop gas station.
The victim has been identified as Gloria May Rosekrans, age 72 of Brainerd, Minn. The driver of the vehicle that struck the building was also transported to the Onamia hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver has identified as Brenda Lee Beaulieu, 69 of Isle, Minn.
The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating this incident at this time and more details may be released at a later date. As of the time of this press release, no criminal charges have been filed however the investigation is ongoing at this time. This information is preliminary and subject to change as new details emerge.
Sarah Barten, Chief Communication Officer for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, owners of the Super Stop gas station, issued the following statement:
“We are saddened by the tragic vehicle-pedestrian accident that occurred at the Mille Lacs Super Stop, and our thoughts are with the families involved. We have provided security camera footage to law enforcement to assist in their investigation. Any questions should be referred to the Onamia Police Department and the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office,” stated Barten.
Alcohol was not listed as a contributing factor in the fatal crash. Beaulieu had two 12-year-old passengers, one of which was not wearing their seatbelt.