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Teen faces charges in car crash

A 15-year-old Hudson girl is expected to face criminal charges after she allegedly stole a car and took four friends on a joyride that ended in a rollover crash, sending the five occupants to area hospitals Saturday afternoon, March 24.

St. Croix authorities were advised of a single-car crash at 4:26 p.m., Saturday off Hwy. 35 in the area of Troy Glen Court, south of Coulee Trail in the town of Troy.

Sheriff's deputies arrived to find a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant off the road and on its roof with at least two occupants ejected from the car.

River Falls Area Ambulance and fire personnel requested assistance from Hudson Fire and St. Croix Valley EMS because of the number of patients.

Two occupants were taken directly to Regions Hospital in St. Paul while others were apparently treated at area hospitals.

According to the accident report, the girl was driving south on Hwy. 35 between Hanley Road and Glover Road when she lost control, skidded across the center median into the northbound lane and rolled over in the ditch.

The sheriff's office said Monday four juveniles have since been released and one remained hospitalized at St. Paul Children's Hospital for observation.

Injured passengers included John P. Ashing, 15, Christopher A. Ashing, 14, and Kayla M. Geslin, 12, all of Hudson, and Nathan D. Meyers, 12, of Hinckley, Minn.

The name of the driver is not being reported by the Star-Observer because her identity is protected under the law when she is charged with a crime. Juveniles involved in non-criminal traffic matters are not afforded the same protection.

Sheriff John Shilts said the driver was charged with driving a vehicle without consent, causing injury by reckless driving and operating without a license.

Richard Stayberg, 47, Hudson, told Hudson Police he parked his 2000 Mitsubishi at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at his residence on the south side of town and discovered it missing Saturday at about 5 p.m.