Minnetonka Couple Dies in Monday Crash on I-94
Judith Reid and Sean Ray, both of Minnetonka, were killed on Interstate 94 in blizzard-like conditions. Evan Ray, a student at Minnetonka High School, remains in a Fargo hospital.
On their way to a funeral in Fargo, a man and woman from Minnetonka were killed in a crash on I-94 on Presidents' Day.
The family was heading to Fargo for Ray's father's funeral. Sean Ray's father, Timothy Ray, was an artist from the Fargo area. Sunday was the opening of his career retrospective at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.
At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb, 18, Reid was driving a Buick Park Avenue westbound in the left lane near Barnesville when she tried to pass between a semi and a snow plow that was working on the shoulder, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The car hit both vehicles and then stalled in the right lane before being struck from behind by a Dodge Ram truck. The roadway was listed as icy by the State Patrol.
The driver of the Dodge suffered minor injuries. The drivers of the semi and snowplow were not hurt.
Sean Ray was the CEO of Barnesville Easels, a Moorhead-based company specializing in art studio easels and furniture. He had just gotten back to Minnetonka on Sunday after traveling to New York City for the College Art Association Conference.
When Ray didn't show up to his father’s memorial service, family members became worried, according to the Park Rapids Enterprise. The service went on as planned, and then the pastor called the State Patrol.
Judith Reid was from Albert Lea and worked at Medica Health Plans in Minnetonka, according to her Facebook profile.
On Presidents' Day last year, Danielle Renninger, a graduate of Minnetonka High School, was killed in an icy crash on I-94 near Alexandria. Renninger and three of her friends also died on their way to Fargo.