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Forum News Service, Published June 03 2013

Woman arrested in fatal Carlton County crash

CARLTON, Minn. - Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the rural Carlton County crash that killed a Cloquet woman and injured her husband Saturday.

Kari Renee Luoma, 34, was killed and Jeremiah Luoma injured when their vehicle was hit by a vehicle driven by Megan Dana Dickenson, 25, of rural Esko, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s office personnel arrested Dickenson on Monday. Formal charges of criminal vehicular operation are pending through the Carlton County Attorney’s Office.

Dickenson was under the influence of alcohol when she ran a stop sign, sheriff’s Lt. Rick Lake said Monday. Blood was drawn, and it will take some time to determine her exact blood-alcohol content.

The crash happened about 5:40 p.m. in Thomson Township, about two miles north of Esko. According to the sheriff’s office, a vehicle driven by Jeremiah Luoma turned east onto North Cloquet Road and was struck by Dickenson’s vehicle, which was northbound on Canosia Road.

Dickenson “failed to stop at the intersection, just continued through and ended up hitting the Luoma vehicle on the passenger side,” Lake said. The intersection is a four-way stop.

Jeremiah Luoma was airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, where he was listed in fair condition Monday. Dickenson was transported to St. Luke’s hospital.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and Minnesota State Patrol.