A fatal two-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 just north of North Branch lead to the closing of the freeway for several hours, along with a brief search for one of the drivers.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol’s incident report, at about 5:28 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, a 2001 Toyota Tundra driven by 23-year-old Samuel Dakota Moreno of Marine on St. Croix was traveling northbound on I35 at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a 2003 Buick Park Avenue, driven by 63-year-old Joffre Michael Kolosky of Moose Lake. The force of the collision caused Kolosky to leave the roadway on the right side and roll over.
Upon arrival, law enforcement found Kolosky dead at the scene and Moreno having left the scene. Moreno was found a short time later by law enforcement and taken into custody at the Chisago County Jail, where he is being held on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, driving without a license, DWI and drug possession.
Northbound I35 was closed between Highway 95 in North Branch and Harris until approximately 11:30 a.m. while the State Patrol recon team investigated the crash.