3 hurt in 2-car crash: Ex-SAHS athlete, teen sister, other driver listed in critical condition


LAKE ELMO — Two Stillwater residents and a St. Paul man are in critical condition today at Regions Hospital following a two-vehicle head-on crash Tuesday night on Minnesota Highway 5 at Stillwater Lane in Lake Elmo.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 46-year-old Jon Wentz Jr. of St. Paul was driving westbound in the eastbound lane of Minnesota 5 when his car struck the vehicle driven by 20-year-old Marah Sobczak of Stillwater head-on.

Marah Sobczak, her 15-year-old sister, Kalley, who was a passenger in Marah Sobczak’s vehicle, and Wentz, were all taken to Region’s Hospital, according to a DPS report. Investigators said Wentz and Kalley Sobczak were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

All three individuals were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and they are listed in critical condition at the time of publication. The accident remains under investigation.

Marah Sobczak is a 2010 Stillwater Area High School graduate and member of the women’s hockey team at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

**Correction (8/31): The teen victim in Tuesday’s crash, Kalley Sobczak, was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. Due to incorrect information from the Minnesota State Patrol the Gazette reported this incorrectly Wednesday.


  • Robin Sobczak

    Kalley was wearing her seatbelt! This is a correction to this mis-print above.
    Thank You
    Her Mother

  • Kevin Sobczak

    Please get your facts straight before you publish anything. My daughter Kalley
    was wearing her seatbelt in the crash.

    • Erik Sandin

      Dear Mr. Soczak,

      First, let me say that we are sorry your daughters were injured in that accident. We certainly hope they recover from their injuries. Regarding the seat belt issue, the information we received on the accident came from the Minnesota State Patrol report on the accident, which stated that your daughter and the other driver were not wearing seat belts. We will check back with the State Patrol to see if that information has changed.

      Erik Sandin, ME, Stillwater Gazette