Driver involved in fatal accident in Montrose ID'd

6:11 PM, Feb 11, 2012   |    comments
Photo courtesy: Delano Herald Journal/Ryan Gueningsman
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MONTROSE, Minn. - The driver involved in Friday morning's fatal accident has been identified.

Forty-seven-year-old Robert Mercier of Arlington, Minn., was the driving westbound on State Highway 12 in Montrose when authorities say he ran a red light and his car left the roadway, striking 7-year-old Hayden Solien as he stood on the sidewalk waiting for his school bus.

The car Mercier was driving hit a tree and rolled. Hayden landed several hundred feet away from where he was hit. Both Hayden and Mercier died on the scene. 

Robert Mercier's wife briefly spoke to KARE-11 and said, "he was a good husband and a good father."

Mercier was driving home to Arlington from his overnight job in Big Lake where he was a mechanic for Metro Transit's Northstar Rail maintenance facility.

Hayden, a second grade student at Parkside Elementary in Buffalo, will missed by classmates, friends, and family.

"He had an infectious personality," said Tim Solien, Hayden's father.  "He was smart, fun-loving, and was a great big brother."

An investigation of the accident is ongoing. In the days to come, the State Patrol will try and determine why Mercier suddenly lost control.

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