On Saturday evening, June 16th, at 8:39 p.m., the Dakota County Sheriff's Office responded to a serious two car crash at the intersection of Goodwin Avenue and 190th Street East in Vermillion Township. The crash resulted in the tragic deaths of two men.
Witness reports claim that a 2013 Ford F-150 pick-up driven by 36-year-old Jon Fontaine of Farmington, with his 12-year-old son as a passenger, was traveling south on Goodwin Avenue and did not slow for the stop sign at 190th Street East. The pickup went through the intersection and collided with the front end of a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse traveling west on 190th Street East causing it to roll, sending both vehicles into the southwest ditch of the intersection. The Traverse was driven by 33-year-old Jillayne Lazer of Rosemount with her husband, Jared Lazer (34), as the front seat passenger. Their three children were rear seat passengers, ages five, five, and two. Despite valiant lifesaving efforts by responding deputies, Jon Fontaine, the driver of the pick-up and Jared Lazer, the front seat passenger in the Traverse, died at the scene. Deputies and first responders from multiple agencies were able to free several victims from the vehicles to provide medical attention. The remaining five victims were transported to hospitals with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.
The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting with the investigation to determine if there were other factors present that may have contributed to the crash. We ask that the public remain patient as we continue to investigate.
We would like to thank the Hastings Fire Department, Miesville Rescue, Hampton/Randolph Rescue, Rosemount Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, North Air Care, and Life Link for their assistance.
Sadly, this tragedy took the lives of two fathers the day before Father's Day. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office sends our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.