According to warrants issued by the Minnesota State Patrol on Thursday, 24 August 2023, the crash that killed a Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey player and injured three other teammates last weekend occurred after the car they were in failed to stop at a four-way stop.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the four Gustavus athletes were driving westbound on Highway 40 in a Chevrolet Equinox when they collided with a Dodge Caravan driving southbound on Highway 29 west of Wilmar at about 12:40 p.m. Everyone in the car was wearing a seat belt.
Jori Jones Car Accident And Death Cause
NCAA hockey player Jori Jones died after being involved in a car accident in Minnesota on August 20, 2023. Jori Jones, a 19-year-old goalie for Gustavus, passed away in a hospital after the accident. Gianna Gasparini, 19, Kayla Bluhm, 20, and Lily Mortenson, 19, were the other three team members who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, along with the Dodge Caravan’s driver. She comes from Benson and is 28 years old.
According to StarTribune, the incident happened at a rural junction in west-central Minnesota. Gasparini was at the wheel when the car carrying Jori and her teammates collided with a minivan on the freeway.
Yesterday, four women's hockey players for Gustavus were in a car crash, and Jori Jones tragically passed away. Our deepest condolences go out to Jones' family and the Roseville & Gustavus hockey communities. We also ask everyone to keep those who were injured in their thoughts. pic.twitter.com/wfVq4j5fNW
— Minnesota Hockey (@MinnHockey) August 21, 2023
According to the State Patrol, Gasparini was unable to use the brake as the vehicle approached the junction, which caused it to crash. The crash site was quickly reached by emergency personnel, and all four victims were sent to the Montevideo Hospital.
The minivan’s driver, Brandi Rasmussen, claimed that she was thrown into the air as a result of the collision. Brandi didn’t see the car coming and hit her head, getting some cuts and bruises in the process.
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Jori Jones’ Gofundme Page Has Raised $72,103 for Funeral Expenses
Jori Jones was characterized as a “fantastic person and student” by Andrea Schmidt, the activities director at Roseville Area High School.
Following her death, Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association president Gretchen Hopeman set up a GoFundMe page to defray the costs of Jori’s funeral. Jones was recognized for her “infectious smile and genuine spirit,” according to the page.
The post read:
We, as neighbors and hockey family from Roseville and Gustavus, are deeply saddened to share the tragic news of Jori Jones, a beloved Raider Alumni and current Gustavus Student Athlete, who tragically lost her life in a recent car accident. Jori was a talented athlete and a beautiful soul, known for her infectious smile and genuine spirit.
The Jones family has been an integral part of our community, and our hearts go out to Britt, Jon, Kylie, and Beckam during this incredibly difficult time.
The article encouraged people to donate to the fund in order to assist Jori’s family. As of this writing, the GoFundMe page has raised $72,103 from 852 donors, bringing the total raised to $85,000.
Hidden Pines Ranch paid tribute to the late athlete on Facebook, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to work with her. They wrote:
Her family let us know that it was her dream job to be a camp counselor, and we are so grateful to have had her on staff for two summers at HPR. To know Jori was to love her.
Jori Jones was a member of the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team. After entering the National Honor Society, she represented Roseville in a variety of sports and activities. Her father also coached for the Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association.
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