Update: Teenage girl has now died in Shoemaker accident
A late Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19, crash in the town of Troy has claimed a second life.
A former River Falls man died and his three children were injured when the Mazda sedan he was driving failed to stop and was struck broadside by a minivan, at old Hwy. 35 and Tower Road.
Late on Wednesday, Oct. 23, it was announced that the man's eldest daughter, Mariah, 16, who attends River Falls High school, died from her injuries in the Oct. 19 crash.
Authorities identified the first fatal victim as Scott W. Shoemaker, 38, of Black River Falls.
Shoemaker's three children, including Mariah, 14-year-old Brock and 12-year-old Nicole were in the car when it crashed with the van.
The three were taken by ambulance from the scene to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Injuries suffered by two of the chldren were described as "life-threatening" by the State Patrol, which assisted St. Croix County deputies at the scene.
A family friend reported and an announcement made by the Shoemaker family on CaringBridge.org confirmed that Mariah Shoemaker has since died.
Nicole Shoemaker is still critical in the Intensive Care Unit. Brock Shoemaker is recovering in the hospital but is no longer in the ICU. Both attend Meyer Middle School in River Falls.
A funeral for Scott and Mariah Shoemaker is planned for next week in Black River Falls. More details will be posted as they are made available.
A news release from River Falls Superintendent Jamie Benson said the "family recently moved back to the River Falls School District after living in Black River Falls the past few years." Counseling services have been made available since Thursday to students.
The driver of the van, Jason D. Edwards, 42, of Hudson, was later transported to Hudson Hospital to be checked but the Patrol said he was treated and released.
Authorities said Shoemaker was westbound on Tower Road when he failed to obey a stop sign at Old Hwy. 35 and traveled into the path of the northbound van.
Online court records indicate Shoemaker lived on Kennedy Street in River Falls as recently as 2007. Online court records indicate Shoemaker was divorced in 2001.
Everyone involved in the crash was wearing seatbelts. The crash remains under investigation.