Authorities locate third Winona river crash victim

1 person still missing from crash

The Winona County Sheriff’s Office identified the third victim of Sunday’s river crash on Monday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office said four people were believed to have been in a car when it hit a guard rail on Riverview Drive, went down an embankment into the icy Mississippi River at about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

When rescue crews pulled the car out of the water around noon on Sunday, they found two bodies inside. Christina Lee Hauser, 36, of Winona, and Matthew Erickson, 30, died in the crash. Sheriff Dave Brand said Erickson’s driver’s license said he was from Chatfield, but he was living in Lewiston.

Hauser and Erickson were believed to have been traveling with two other male passengers when they left a Winona tavern just before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

On Monday afternoon, Sheriff Brand said rescue crews found the body of a third person. He was later identified by family as Blake Eric Overland, 28, of Stewartville.

Andrew Peter Kingsbury, 29, of St. Charles, is still missing from the crash.

Sheriff Brand said the Carver County Sheriff Rescue Team helped Winona County with this incident on Monday.

The incident happened on a curve near Riverview Drive and 2 nd Street.

Winona’s assistant public works manager Keith Nelson said there are warning signs in place to let people know there is a turn coming out of that intersection.

“We have the precautionary signs, the arrow signs and the guard rails.  We do everything we can to make people aware there is a corner there,” said Nelson.

Although there is a warning system in place, Nelson said they will take a closer look at the incident.

“We will certainly cooperate with the investigation and see where the concerns were or what can be done to change it if necessary,” said Nelson.