Lonsdale woman dies in two-vehicle crash in Spring Lake Township

Jarrod Schoenecker

Scott County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch received a report of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Scott County 23 (Panama Avenue) south of Scott County 68 (190th Street East) in Spring Lake Township at 3:08 p.m. on Mar. 2.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2007 GMC Sierra, that was 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 not injured. Rivera also had an 11-year-old passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt. The child was ejected from the vehicle and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The child was transported by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

Taylor was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Scott County Sheriff’s Department says that it does not believe 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 Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen.  

The crash is being investigated still by Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.  

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.

More information may be released on this story in a future edition of the Montgomery Messenger and The New Prague Times.


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