On March 2, 2023, at 3:08 p.m., Scott County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch received a report of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Panama Avenue (CR23), south of 190th Street East (CR68) in Spring Lake Township.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2007 GMC Sierra towing an enclosed trailer, driven by Arturo Garcia Rivera (39) of Lakeville, was traveling southbound on Panama Avenue when it crossed the center line, striking a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan traveling northbound, driven by Megan Rae Taylor (50) of Lonsdale.
Rivera was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured. An 11-year-old passenger of the GMC Sierra was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, and was transported by ambulance to Children’s Minneapolis.
Taylor was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and pronounced deceased at the scene.
At this time, it is not believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
“We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the victim in this incident,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating this crash.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this incident by Mdewakanton Public Safety, Prior Lake Fire Department, Prior Lake Police Department, and Allina Health EMS.