MINNETONKA, MN – Police say a Montrose man had eluded them before a head-on crash that killed him and critically injured a Minnetonka woman.
According to Minnesota State Patrol, a 1999 Mercury Tracer driven by David Baxter, 30, was eastbound and traveling at a high rate of speed on Minnetonka Boulevard, tried to pass traffic, entered the opposing traffic lane, and struck a westbound 2015 Volvo S6S head-on at 1:59 p.m. Friday.
Baxter was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Volvo, 59-year-old Karen Webster, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
According to Minnetonka Police, officers began a pursuit of Baxter’s vehicle at 1:58 p.m. after observing the vehicle traveling at extremely high speeds. Despite police signaling their presence, Baxter reportedly continued to flee, and officers discontinued the case after they deemed the speeds to be unsafe.
Officers came upon the crash shortly thereafter.
Minnetonka Boulevard was closed in both directions following the crash.
Webster was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but it is unknown if Baxter was wearing his seat belt, according to the State Patrol.
KSTP reported that Webster was being treated for internal injuries, shattered ankles, and a shattered femur. She reportedly underwent surgery Saturday, with additional surgery to address internal injuries Monday.