BECKER, DASSEL, MN – The community is grieving the loss of 18-year-old Kyle Scott Foley of Dassel, who was the victim of car crash in Becker Aug. 10.
According to the Becker Police Department, Foley was killed after his vehicle was hit by the car of another driver who had been fleeing the police.
Police officers received a complaint of a possible intoxicated man (later identified as Jason Jerome Rothmeyer, 38, of Clear Lake) entering a vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant in Becker at about 7:45 p.m. An officer saw the vehicle swerving near Sherburne Avenue and Edgewood Street and attempted a traffic stop.
Instead of stopping, however, the driver accelerated and attempted to flee, continuing north of Becker on Sherburne County roads. The incident report states that the vehicle almost struck a Sherburne County Deputy at one point.
Rothmeyer attempted to cross Highway 25 at 82nd Street, and struck a vehicle that was southbound on Highway 25. Foley and two other people were in this vehicle. Foley was ejected, and later airlifted to North Memorial Hospital. The police department was notified Aug. 11 that Foley had passed away due to his injuries.
The other two people in the vehicle were transported to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the report.
After crashing into the other vehicle, Rothmeyer attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short distance away. He was transported to the Sherburne County Jail, and is facing potential charges for fleeing in a motor vehicle, fourth degree driving under the influence, criminal vehicular operation, and criminal vehicular operation resulting in death. The incident is still under investigation.
Agencies who assisted the Becker Police Department at the scene include the Minnesota State Patrol, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Lake Police Department, and the Becker Fire Department.
The Becker Police Department noted, “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of Mr. Foley as they grieve his loss.”