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UPDATE: NE Rochester crash leaves woman, 22, dead, two others injured

Fatal car crash Rochester
Fatal car crash Rochester(KTTC)
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 3:06 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2022 at 9:38 AM CDT
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UPDATE: Rochester Police have released the names of the woman who died and the two people hurt in a northeast Rochester crash.

It happened just before 1:30 p.m. Monday on East Circle Drive near Century Valley Road.

Fatal NE Rochester Crash
Fatal NE Rochester Crash(KTTC)

Officers said Deng Kwel, 20, of Rochester, was southbound on East Circle Drive when he drove through the median and into oncoming traffic.

He collided with Cynthia Gomez, 22, of Rochester, who was driving north.

Gomez died at the scene, police said. Her passenger, Billy Staff, 46, of Rochester, and Kwel were both taken to Mayo Clinic St. Marys with non life-threatening injuries.

All blocked off lanes reopened just after 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – As of 2:45 p.m. Monday traffic is backed up because of a deadly crash. Both sides of East Circle Drive NE are blocked. Viola Road is both blocked off as well. Traffic is being diverted.

Rochester Police confirm the crash is fatal. A female driver of one vehicle died at the scene. Her passenger and the other driver were transported to the hospital.

The area remains closed to traffic as of 3:30 p.m.

RPD says a call came in around 1:23 p.m. Forensic mapping and a drone team is on the scene to determine what exactly happened. Witnesses say it was a head-on crash.

Local school buses have been informed this area is blocked off.

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