Two dead in Pine County car accident

Two dead in Pine County car accident

There are 405 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 1, 2010, titled Two dead in Pine County car accident. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Two people died in a three-car wreck in Pine County Friday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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MADD

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Jan 2, 2010
I think all cars should have a breathalyzer device that allows the car to start. I think it would help saves many lives. The innocent always tend to be the victims in these situations. The ones with alcohol in their systems somehow survive, not sure how this seems to happen. But if this individual had a device, the car weren't have started and two lives would have not been taken from their families and friends.
123abc

Watertown, SD

#25 Jan 2, 2010
PINE CITY, Minn.-- The State Patrol says a man and a woman were killed in a head-on crash after a driver who had been drinking tried to pass a van at the crest of a hill in a no-passing zone.
Capt. Matt Langer says around 5:45 p.m. Friday, 44-year-old Scott Al Heckel of Pine City tried to pass a minivan on Highway 70 in a no passing zone. The crash happened about 50 feet east of Glendale Ave. in the city of Rock Creek.
Langer says as Heckel crested a hill in his Chevy SUV, he hit a car head-on. That car was driven by 50-year-old Michael A. Moris of Pine City. Moris and his wife, 48-year-old Robin S. Moris, were both killed.
Langer says Heckel then spun back into his lane where he hit the van he originally tried to pass, forcing it into the ditch. 59-year-old Patricia A. Denn of Frederic, Wis., and her passenger, 25-year-old Matthew J. Denn of Duluth were in that van; Patricia had minor injuries and Matthew was not hurt.
Investigators say Robin Moris was not wearing her seat belt and they are not sure if her husband was wearing his. Heckel also did not have a seat belt on and has non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was listed in serious condition on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
The State Patrol is still investigating the crash.
MN Observer

Tempe, AZ

#26 Jan 2, 2010
MN Observer wrote:
How can you possible deduce that the people involved in this wreck are 'good people' from the amount of information provided in the story?
To all of the people that rated my post as nuts, clueless and mean, what do you think of 44-year-old Scott Al Heckel of Pine City? Is he 'good people'?
old Geezer

Mora, MN

#27 Jan 2, 2010
Web1 wrote:
FOX 21 News
PINE CITY - At least one person was killed in a three-vehicle, head-on crash Friday evening in southern Pine County.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports that the crash occurred about 5:45 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 70 at Glendale Road, about two miles east of Interstate 35.
According to the State Patrol, an eastbound Chevrolet pickup truck attempted to pass a Dodge Caravan at the crest of a hill in a no-passing zone. The truck hit a westbound Oldsmobile Intrigue head-on, then slid back into the eastbound lane and sideswiped the Caravan. The Caravan ended up in the ditch.
The Patrol reports a total of five people were in the three vehicles, but has not yet released their names or conditions. That information is due to be released Saturday evening.
Aparently these errant vehicles had no drivers!! I would alwayz blame the minivans! They are a road hazard..
hUH

Mora, MN

#28 Jan 2, 2010
Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records Search Results
Logout Search Menu New Criminal/Traffic/Petty Search Search Criteria: heckel, scott al
Location : All MNCIS Sites - Case Search Help
Case Number Citation Number Defendant Info Filed/Location/Judicial Officer Type/Status Charge(s)
13-K3-99-000057
HECKEL, SCOTT ALLEN
07/03/1965
01/19/1999
Chisago
Gross Misdemeanor
Converted Closed
(TCIS Amended Charge) FLEEING PEACE OFFICER/GMD
.15 DUI
.15 DUI .10 OR OVER
13-K5-90-000596
HECKEL, SCOTT ALLEN
07/03/1965
05/16/1990
Chisago
Gross Misdemeanor
Converted Closed
Traffic Offense/G. Misd
Traffic Offense/G. Misd
Traffic Offense/G. Misd
13-T3-02-001074
SD 023177
HECKEL, SCOTT ALLEN
07/03/1965
03/01/2002
Chisago
Speeding-Petty Misd
Converted Closed
40/30
13-T4-01-002191
NB 006099
NB 006099
HECKEL, SCOTT ALEN
07/03/1965
05/16/2001
Chisago
Dept. Nat. Resources
Converted Closed
(TCIS Amended Charge) BURN PROHIB MATERIAL PETY
BURN DURING BURN BAN
13-T5-97-001433
DNR 457075
HECKEL, SCOTT ALLEN
07/03/1965
04/14/1997
Chisago
Dept. Nat. Resources
Converted Closed
NO BURNING PERMIT
13-T6-02-004938
NB 006919
NB 006919
NB 006919
HECKEL, SCOTT ALLEN
07/03/1965
11/22/2002
Chisago
Non- Traffic Misdemeanor
Converted Closed
UNRESTRAINED DOG
UNLICENSED DOG
UNLICENSED DOG
62-K7-92-300085
HECKEL, SCOTT ALLEN
07/03/1965
06/09/1992
Ramsey Criminal/Traffic/Petty Suburban
Gross Misdemeanor
Converted Closed
*FPO*FLEE POLICE-VEH.-GM
*RD* RECKLESS DRVG.-MISD.
69-T2-95-100470
GIE 033354
HECKEL, SCOTT ALLEN
07/03/1965
01/31/1995
- St. Louis-Virginia
Dept. Nat. Resources
Converted Closed
CARELESS DRIVNG/SNOWMBLE
jmh21586

Syracuse, NY

#29 Jan 2, 2010
I live about 2 miles from this death trap road and the spot where this accident happened. I avoid the road as much as possible. And yes, road improvements are needed. It's maintained like a goat path even though it sees freeway amounts of traffic. Yes the accident could've been avoided by not passing in a no passing zone, but there are also a lot of intersecting roads where people have trouble seeing if there's oncoming traffic while trying to cross 70. I don't understand why some of those hills havent been leveled out a little. there's no reason not to. The road is like a roller coaster and is unacceptable considering the volume of traffic.
St Croix Adventures

Luck, WI

#30 Jan 2, 2010
If you think TH 70 is a good,safe road, take a ride on TH 70 in Wisconsin just across the border and you'll see the difference. My father was killed on TH 70 in 1972 and MnDOT hasn't done squat to make it any safer.
Patty

United States

#31 Jan 2, 2010
Web1 wrote:
It appears that someone was driving wrecklessly and caused this accident. The Twin Cities media is reporting that someone was trying to pass in a no-passing zone and as a result, struck another car head on. If this is indeed what happened, this was totally avoidable. This area is clearly marked as no passing and is also at the top pf a hil where you cannot see if anyone is approaching or not. Now people two people are dead because someone was passing illegally at the worst possible time. Slow down people. It's not worth it.
The person was drinking on top of it all.
Patty

United States

#32 Jan 2, 2010
In response to the person that commented on the people being innocent people I believe was not meant that they are automatically innocent, but innocent in the fact that they were on the road at the wrong time and someone who was not responsible took the lives of two people who were just traveling and were killed by someone who had no business being on the road intoxicated.
Sam

Minneapolis, MN

#33 Jan 2, 2010
MnDOT SB renamed MnLRT.

They are wasting BILLIONS on LRT to nowhere!

Not mention MnBike Trail.

Wasting HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS on Bike Trails used for recreation in the summer. Search for evidence of a bike track on a bike path in the winter, good luck there

Latest waste if Sen. Chuck Wiger pushing a pork bike bridge over highway 120 in North Saint Paul.$1,500,000, YA ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND!!

He is building it THIS SUMMER, IS THE STATE BROKE?????????

Did your Senator get a MILLION DOLLAR BRIDGE??????????

==========
St Croix Adventures wrote:
If you think TH 70 is a good,safe road, take a ride on TH 70 in Wisconsin just across the border and you'll see the difference. My father was killed on TH 70 in 1972 and MnDOT hasn't done squat to make it any safer.
Fred

Maple Grove, MN

#34 Jan 2, 2010
This guy Heckel seems like a real peach. Looks a serial dirtbag and now he has killed two people by being stupid and selfish once more. They better throw the book at him. That could have been any one of us in his path that day. How stupid can you be?
Rose

Minneapolis, MN

#35 Jan 3, 2010
Minnesota needs to get REAL serious about changing the state laws that allow people who drink and drive with virtually little consequence, when compared to the damage they cause to others.
Maybe we need to start treating the drunks on the highways like other criminals that are locked up forever.
I fully understand that alcoholism is an illness, BUT drinking and driving is a decision. Perhaps if people who drink and drive were to spend the remainder of their lives locked up, where they can't take the lives of others, they might get the message that they are NOT entitled to do whatever they please, no matter who suffers for it.
A car is a lethal weapon. A drunk behind the wheel of a car is a disaster waiting to happen. A drunk behind tha wheel of a car is a person who absolutely doesn't care about the harm they cause to others.
Timmyboy

Saint Paul, MN

#36 Jan 3, 2010
RIP

Since: Apr 08

Black River Falls, WI

#37 Jan 3, 2010
RIP.

The cops need to start going after stupid drivers with a vengeance. Changing three lanes on the freeway, tailgaters and yes drunk drivers. Make it a 600 dollar fine for each stupid thing they do and maybe you will get drivers to finally learn how to drive instead of getting licenses out of cracker jax boxes.
Brianna Bustamante

Holcomb, KS

#38 Jan 3, 2010
Mike and Robin Moris are my aunt and uncle. Their lives were Carelessly taken by a drunk driver. Regardless if they or the drunk driver are 'good people' or for my aunt and uncles case were good people, death at such a young age is not worthy of anyone. As a matter of fasc Mike and Robin Moris are and were and will continue to be Good, Great People and will be remembered always as Great People. I can't think of a worse thing that could happen to two wonderful people. Our family will continue to stick together and stay strong. We will remember Mike and Robin just the way they left us and live with all thier wonderful memories!

As for the intoxicated driver whether or not the alcohol had an affect on his driving or not he made a really STUPID choice to get behind the wheel with one drink in his system when this is obviously a repeat offense for him. Do I think he is a 'Good Person' for doing that? Heck no, and along with that he took the lives of two very important and needed people in other peoples lives!
We love you Mike and Robin and will be with you again.
Web1

Maple Grove, MN

#39 Jan 3, 2010
We will all be watching to see what happens to Heckel who has been constant problem to law enforcement according to his record. Unfortunately, age provided no wisdom for this guy and now two good, innocent people are dead. I find it very telling that none of his friends or family are coming to his defense. But then again, what can they say? His police record shows a clear pattern of disregard and disrespect for the law and others. This guy was an accident waiting to happen. He should never, ever have the opportunity to hurt anyone again.
And More

United States

#40 Jan 3, 2010
Civil, Family & Probate Case Records Search Results
Logout Search Menu New Civil Search Search Criteria: heckel, scott allen
Location : All MNCIS Sites - Case Search Help
Case Number Style Filed/Location/Judicial Officer Type/Status
13-C9-04-000788 SCOTT ALLEN HECKEL vs. COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY
05/13/2004
Chisago
Implied Consent
Closed
58-CO-06-130 TOWN & COUNTRY OIL vs SCOTT ALLEN HECKEL
06/15/2006
Pine
Conciliation
Closed
58-CV-07-101 Dakota Bluff Financial, LLC as successor in interest to Aspire vs. Scott A. Heckel
02/23/2007
Pine
Default Judgment
Closed
82-F9-94-001525 STATE MINNESOTA OBO COUNTY WASHINGTON & RAINA KAY IRISH VS. SCOTT ALLEN HECKEL
03/31/1994
- Washington-Stillwater
Support
Converted Closed
Frog

Minneapolis, MN

#41 Jan 3, 2010
One thing I do is if someone is passing me and they don't have room I drive off the road onto the shoulder OR hit the binders!

In one case in Illinois I actually floored my car to allow someone who followed me passing truck so as to allow him to get out of the passing lane in behind me and avoid a headon collision.

IF I had just pulled in they would have been hung out to dry and a wreck would have occurred.

There are way to many drivers today who don't pay any attention to the situations they might mitigate for other drivers.

There is NOTHING WRONG with helping others.

It's called defensive driving!
Web1

Maple Grove, MN

#42 Jan 3, 2010
Please don't imply that the driver of the minivan who was being passed on a hill (you cannot see what is on the other side) did something wrong or could have done anything to avoid this tragedy. They were victims, plain and simple. Leave it at that. The blame falls squarely on the drunk who was passing illegally on the crest of a hill. From what I have read, there was no defensive move that anyone could have used to avoid this accident. The only way to avoid it was to make sure the intoxicated driver never got behind the wheel. Don't make excuses for the one who is solely to blame for this. It is not the driving public's responsibility to try and read a speeding drunk idiot's mind and make some magical maneauver in a split second to avoid catastrophe. In fact, if the minivan driver decided to try a maneauver, they may have guessed wrong and then they may have been found liable in a court of law. This is how our legal system works. I'm quite sure that the minivan driver as well as the deceased driver of the Olsmobile saw no catastrophe coming until it was upon them and obviously it was too late.

By the way, the driver who caused the accident lived only a few hundered yards from where the accident occurred. It's my guess that this wasn't the first time he tried this stunt. The simple truth is that his passing of the minivan would have probably netted him getting home a minute or two earlier. Again, how stupid can you be? The next question is where was he drinking before the accident? There are two bars that are a stone's throw away. If he had been drinking in one of those establishments, they will be next on the list of those who will be effected by this clown.
Driver One

United States

#43 Jan 3, 2010
Web1 wrote:
Please don't imply that the driver of the minivan who was being passed on a hill (you cannot see what is on the other side) did something wrong or could have done anything to avoid this tragedy. They were victims, plain and simple. Leave it at that. The blame falls squarely on the drunk who was passing illegally on the crest of a hill. From what I have read, there was no defensive move that anyone could have used to avoid this accident. The only way to avoid it was to make sure the intoxicated driver never got behind the wheel. Don't make excuses for the one who is solely to blame for this. It is not the driving public's responsibility to try and read a speeding drunk idiot's mind and make some magical maneauver in a split second to avoid catastrophe. In fact, if the minivan driver decided to try a maneauver, they may have guessed wrong and then they may have been found liable in a court of law. This is how our legal system works. I'm quite sure that the minivan driver as well as the deceased driver of the Olsmobile saw no catastrophe coming until it was upon them and obviously it was too late.
By the way, the driver who caused the accident lived only a few hundered yards from where the accident occurred. It's my guess that this wasn't the first time he tried this stunt. The simple truth is that his passing of the minivan would have probably netted him getting home a minute or two earlier. Again, how stupid can you be? The next question is where was he drinking before the accident? There are two bars that are a stone's throw away. If he had been drinking in one of those establishments, they will be next on the list of those who will be effected by this clown.
I have met plenty of drivers who are totally clueless, and in most cases that will hang someone out to dry, i.e. speed up when being passed. If you don't believe it, then you are one of those clueless drivers that are out there 'competing'! And 9 of 10 drivers that cause road rage, are Minivan drivers! I don't know what it is about people that drive minivans, but brains are not a part of these drivers! And by the way, democrat, bars are legal entities. You are obviously a busybody....

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