Two University Of Minnesota Students Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

An alleged drunk driver rear-ended a disabled car on the median shoulder of Interstate 39/90 near Madison, killing two male University of Minnesota students inside and a female friend.

A spokesperson from the University of Minnesota news service said that the two students were male cheerleaders with the university’s Spirit Squad.

WCCO of Minneapolis reports the students were driving home from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee when the crash happened about 2:30 Thursday morning. The Wisconsin State Patrol reports that a car with five young people inside, had pulled over to fix a flat tire.

Police say a man, identified as 31-year-old Bradley Erickson of Madison, plowed into the back of them. He was arrested for operating under the influence following the crash.

The three people who died were a 20-year-old female driver from Milwaukee, a 23-year-old male passenger from Puerto Rico and a 19-year-old male passenger from Milwaukee. The woman who died was not from the university, but the two men were cheerleaders.

The State Patrol is withholding the names of the victims, but friends have been leaving messages on the Facebook pages of Wilfredo Ugarte and Marcus Johnson, the two students from the University of Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota director of athletics Joel Maturi made the following statement on the tragic accident:

“This is a very sad day for the University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics. The entire department was shocked to learn of this senseless tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and loved ones of the young people we lost early this morning.”

WCCO also reports grief counselors have been brought in by the University to meet with the cheerleaders Thursday night.

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