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Authorities: Alcohol involved in fatal crash in Carlton County

Authorities said they 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 Monday afternoon. 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, Carlton County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rick Lake said Monday morning. Blood was drawn, and it will take some time to determine her exact blood-alcohol content.

The crash happened at the intersection of Canosia Road and North Cloquet Road in Thomson Township, about two miles north of Esko, about 5:42 p.m. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Luoma vehicle, driven by Jeremiah Luoma, turned east onto North Cloquet Road and was struck by the Dickenson 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 by ambulance to St. Luke’s hospital.

A search of Minnesota and Wisconsin court records found no criminal cases against Dickenson.

The crash still is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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