Jogger discovers unconscious ATV driver

Rusty Baumeister, of Independence, was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital on Oct. 4 after he crashed his ATV on a rural road in Independence. (Photo courtesy of West Hennepin Public Safety)

Rusty Baumeister, of Independence, was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital on Oct. 4 after he crashed his ATV on a rural road in Independence. (Photo courtesy of West Hennepin Public Safety)

A jogger on rural road in Independence found the driver of an all-terrain vehicle lying unconscious after his vehicle crashed on Friday, Oct. 4.

Independence resident Danny Anderson found Rusty Baumeister, of Independence, lying face down alongside his ATV. Anderson called 911 to report to West Hennepin Public Safety that Baumeister had a head injury and was bleeding from the head. The responding police office found that the accident victim had a severe head injury, was unconscious and unresponsive and was having difficulty breathing. West Hennepin officers and Maple Plain firefighters performed emergency first aid, and Baumeister began breathing on his own. Due to severity of the injuries, he was transported to North Memorial Hospital via helicopter.

Police investigated the crash and learned that Baumeister was driving his ATV west in the 6800 block of Pagenkopf Road when he came into a sharp right curve on a rural gravel road near his home. He failed to navigate the corner successfully, and his ATV left the roadway and struck a group of trees.

Sgt. Gary Kroells, of West Hennepin Public Safety, said, “Rusty Baumeister is lucky Danny Anderson was jogging past that day. It is unknown how long it would have been before another person would have come to discover this crash on a rural road in Independence.”

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