ROCHESTER – The mother of the Century High School teenager injured in an accident on Friday, June 3, 2022 recently spoke about the effect the incident had on her family.
“It was the most terrifying night of my life,” Jennifer Rand said. His son, a Century senior and pitcher for the Panther baseball team, broke his wrist in two places after the crash. He won’t be able to play his final summer baseball season with the Panther’s, Rand said.
The family asked the Post Bulletin not to name the teenager who was injured.
According to Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. James Schueller, a 48-year-old Rochester woman crashed her Lincoln Navigator into the elderly Dodge Charger on Friday night at the intersection of Broadway Avenue North and 48th Street Northwest in Cascade Township.
The woman, a psychologist in Rochester, was arrested after showing signs of impairment. She has not been formally charged, according to the Olmsted County District Attorney’s Office. Law enforcement said she did not yield to the teenager, who had the right of way.
The office is awaiting the results of a blood sample taken from the woman and medical reports from the victims before making a charging decision, according to Tiffany Hawkins, executive support supervisor for the Olmsted County District Attorney’s Office.
The Post Bulletin does not generally name people accused of committing a crime until formal charges are filed.
The crash also injured three other passengers in the Dodge Charger the teen was driving, although their injuries weren’t as serious, according to law enforcement.
Rand said an orthopedic surgeon the family met said his son’s hand could never be put back in place because his injury was a crush injury.
The family didn’t come home until 4 a.m. that Saturday, Rand said, but his son got up and was still able to make it to the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony. for Century High School despite the traumatic events of the night.
“He succeeded because that’s exactly the kind of kid he is,” Rand said.
The woman arrested in connection with the accident is no longer listed as an inmate at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.
His son’s car, which he paid for himself through a job at Target, is now sold out and the family is waiting for the insurance to come back to them. Until they did, her son got out of a vehicle.
“It’s frustrating,” Rand said. “We have all these issues and she’s probably at work today.”