UPDATE: Names released in fatal crash near Apache Mall in Rochester

Apache Mall Crash Update

Apache Mall Crash Update

(ABC 6 News) — The Rochester Police Department has released more information about a fatal crash that happened on Saturday, May 18.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, including a State Patrol squad car. A total of seven people were in the vehicles. Five went to the hospital and one person died; an 18-year-old high school senior from Owatonna.

Investigators are still working to figure out exactly what caused the crash. Preliminary information shows the squad car was driving east on 12 St. SW when it collided with a Ford Focus that was driving west on 12 St. SW and turning into Apache Mall. The Focus was pushed into a Toyota Rav4, which was leaving the mall and waiting to turn east on 12 St. SW.

Rochester police have identified all seven occupants of the vehicles:

Trooper Shane Roper (driver, State Patrol squad) age 32, Rochester District Office – transported to Saint Marys

Peter Meyer (ride-along passenger, State Patrol squad) age 20, Zumbrota – transported to Saint Marys with unknown injuries

Angelina Bartz (driver, Ford Focus) age 21, Owatonna – transported to Saint Marys with unknown injuries

Katarina Bartz (passenger, Ford Focus) age 19, Owatonna – transported to Saint Marys with unknown injuries

Olivia Flores (passenger, Ford Focus) age 18, Owatonna – transported to Saint Marys in critical condition and later died

18-year-old Olivia Flores killed in Apache Mall crash

18-year-old Olivia Flores killed in Apache Mall crash

Emie Pasco (driver, Toyota RAV4) age 36, Owatonna – minor injuries

Gabriella Parker (passenger, Toyota RAV4) age 12, Owatonna – minor injuries.

Minnesota State Patrol Col. Christina Bogojevic released the following statement:

“Making sure motorists are safe as they travel Minnesota’s roads is at the core of what we do each day. Our agency works hard to prevent crashes and save lives. On Saturday evening, a Minnesota State Patrol squad was involved in a crash in Rochester in which someone later died. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic event. The Rochester Police Department is investigating the crash. Any further information will be released by their agency.”

The Owatonna Steele County Young Life Facebook group shared photos of Flores over the weekend.

A GoFundMe has been set up in Oliva’s memory, to assist the Flores family.

The crash remains under investigation.