Fiery Memorial Day rollover sends MN man to Regions

Posted 6/28/22

By Sarah Nigbor RIVER FALLS – A Woodbury (Minn.) man was in critical condition after being thrown from his vehicle after an attempted Memorial Day traffic stop. After racing north through downtown …

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Fiery Memorial Day rollover sends MN man to Regions

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By Sarah Nigbor

RIVER FALLS – A Woodbury (Minn.) man was in critical condition after being thrown from his vehicle after an attempted Memorial Day traffic stop. After racing north through downtown River Falls, he reached 100 mph before losing control at the Paulson Road/Main Street intersection, rolled the vehicle, which burst into flames after he was thrown. The man, identified as 18-year-old Roman Alejandro Eastin, was transported to Regions Hospital with life-threatening injuries. According to the police report: At 7:17 p.m., a UW-River Falls officer (with permission from RFPD) attempted to stop a white Audi after seeing it run a red light at Foster and Main. The speeding vehicle didn’t pull over, going between 50 and 60 mph toward downtown. The officer terminated the pursuit due to the vehicle heading into a heavy pedestrian area, but not before seeing it almost strike a parked vehicle.

The officer continued through town and found the vehicle flipped over in the middle of Paulson Road near Subway, fully engulfed in flames. When other officers arrived on scene, the UWRF officer was tending to the driver in the Subway parking lot. He had major trauma and bleeding to his head, wore no pants or shoes and had road rash on his legs and stomach. Life saving measures were performed on Eastin until EMS arrived to transport him to Regions Hospital.

Multiple witnesses at the scene said the Audi flew over the northwest corner of the Main and Paulson intersection at a high rate of speed. It flipped nine to 10 times, landed in the middle of Paulson Road and burst into flames. An observer found the driver lying in the Subway parking lot breathing out blood.

The investigation revealed Eastin was going about 100 mph when he lost control. The vehicle left the roadway, traveled over the embankment, causing it go airborne into the ditch between Main and Paulson. The vehicle then struck another embankment at the bottom of the ditch, causing it to flip over, again going airborne where it landed on Paulson Road. Eastin was ejected from the vehicle shortly before it struck the Paulson Road embankment. The crash was so violent that the vehicle’s spare tire flew off , hit the railing outside Subway and caused it to break away from the cement.

At 10:51 a.m. May 31, an employee at Kwik Trip South (1200 S. Main St.) reported damage to the car wash believed to be caused by Eastin before the crash. Video surveillance showed Eastin’s Audi pull around to the car wash, striking the curb as it entered the bay, where it collided with the car wash apparatus and knocked it out of alignment. The vehicle then hit the side of the carwash as it exited.

Kwik Trip security footage revealed that Eastin had been with three other people. In the video, Eastin was a passenger in his vehicle, but appeared to argue with the other occupants. He then got into the driver’s seat, went through the car wash building and left heading north on Main Street.

The crash remains under investigation.