Forum staff reports, Published May 22 2012
Two injured in north Moorhead crashMOORHEAD – Firefighters had to cut off a car’s roof to pull a 17-year-old female passenger from the wreckage of a two-vehicle crash today at a busy north Moorhead intersection, police said.
Authorities responded at about 12:35 p.m. to the crash at Highway 75 and 15th Avenue North.
Police Lt. Joel Scharf said a four-door Dodge Neon was eastbound on 15th Avenue when it allegedly ran a stop sign at Highway 75 and was struck on the passenger’s side by a four-door Buick driven by 67-year-old Donald Lippert of Fargo. The Dodge traveled a ways before coming to rest against a utility pole.
The Dodge’s driver, 20-year-old Hipolito Maldonado of Moorhead, and his female passenger, whose name wasn’t released, were taken by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Scharf said.
Their injuries included cuts and possible broken bones, he said, noting the girl took the brunt of the collision.
The driver of the Buick, identified as Donald Lippert, 67, of Fargo, wasn’t injured, Scharf said.
Maldonado was cited for violating his learner’s permit because there wasn’t a licensed driver in the car, as well as for failure to yield and possession of drug paraphernalia, Scharf said. In Minnesota, all newly licensed drivers, regardless of age, are first issued a learner’s permit.
“That’s a very busy intersection, and (the crash) emphasizes the importance of stopping and looking both directions before proceeding,” Scharf said.