Stearns County – Fatal car versus ATV crash


Daniel Schwieters, 76, of Belgrade was driving his 2002 Polaris Ranger side-by-side southbound on County Road 175. As Mr. Schwieters was negotiating a left-hand turn onto 265th Street, he was struck from behind by a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Juan Hernandez Martinez, 27, of Melrose. Mr. Schwieters was ejected from the ATV and sustained a severe head injury.

Life Link airlifted Mr. Schwieters to the St. Cloud Hospital where he later died.

Mr. Hernandez was evaluated at the scene and released.

The ATV was equipped with seat belts, but it appears as though Mr. Schwieters was not wearing it at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Elrosa Fire and Rescue, Sauk Centre Ambulance, and Belgrade Police Department assisted at the scene.