Alleged joy ride ends with trip to hospital

Published 11:43 am Thursday, July 26, 2012

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GLENVILLE — Two young men were spotted performing fishtails with an SUV Wednesday afternoon and they eventually crashed into a railroad trestle near the Glenville Beach.

Driver Brady Lloyd Koller, 20, and passenger Christopher Robert Hernandez, 20, were not wearing seat belts and ended up smacking their heads on the windshield. Both were placed on stretchers by and transported to May Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

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Freeborn County Sheriff’s deputies and Glenville firefighters also responded. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. There was no indication alcohol was involved, according to Freeborn County sheriff’s deputy Kurt Freitag. Airbags did deploy.

The deputy said the two men were southbound on gravel 800th Avenue and intentionally making the rear end of their white 2002 Ford Escape fishtail. They came upon a woman pedestrian who told deputies they stopped fishtailing and as they passed her, Hernandez stuck his head out the open window and smirked at her.

Freitag said they resumed fishtail maneuvers.

The woman continued on her walk and found the Escape crashed into the trestle that supports the Cedar River Railroad where it crosses over gravel 795th Avenue.