Deadly Crash In Isanti County Kills Mother, 2 Children Airlifted To HCMC

Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 11:21 am

A deadly crash happened in Isanti County Sunday night, leaving one person dead and two children in critical condition in a Twin Cities hospital.

According to the State Patrol, 16-year-old Melody Lewis, of Ham Lake, was driving a 2002 Dodge Caravan when she ran a stop sign and broadsided a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero being driven by 30-year-old Christin Birkholz, of Isanti around 6pm Sunday. After being struck by the young driver, the Oldsmobile driven by Birkholz then rolled into a water-filled ditch and came to rest on its roof. Birkholz, was partially ejected and died at the scene.

Three children were inside the Oldsmobile, including 10-year-old Logan Birkholz and 1-year-old Mason Birkholz, who were airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition. Four-year-old Bailey Birkholz was treated and released from a local hospital. All are from Isanti.

The Isanti County Sheriff’s office told WCCO that the children were removed from the vehicle by people who stopped to help.

In addition to the 16-year old driver, two passengers were in the Dodge Caravan, but they were treated and released at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Neither alcohol, nor electronic devices were to blame in the crash, according to police.

The Minnesota State Patrol continues to investigate the crash.


  1. PineCountyResident 08/9/11 at 8:35am

    Oh this is such a very sad story!! My heart goes out to the family of the woman who was killed and to her children…I am praying for your family. To the 16 yr old, this will be a life changing event. I also pray for her & her passengars as this will be a difficult thing to overcome.

  2. Erica 08/9/11 at 3:18pm

    Oh this is so terrible. My son is friends with Logan and we live in his community. Logan is such a vibrant boy and so full of life. Very good boy as well. I am praying for the family and friends of the victims as well as the 16 year old and her family. Sometimes in life we never no what GOD has in store for us. One day things seem just fine and the next he has something else in store for us. So to both families I am so sorry for this tragedy. Walk by your faith and GOD will walk beside you.

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