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Driver dies after Rochester crash that sent vehicle off 20-foot edge

James Opiyo Okwoyo, 59, was driving east across Broadway Ave. at 2:39 p.m. when another vehicle, traveling northbound and approaching 17th Street Southeast, T-boned Okwoyo's vehicle, according to an incident report from the Rochester Police Department. Okwoyo's vehicle went through a fence and off a 20-foot retaining wall as a result.

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Rochester police and firefighters respond to a two-vehicle crash where one of the vehicles was sent over a retaining wall Friday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2021, on the 1600 block of South Broadway Avenue in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
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ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Chaska, Minnesota, man was killed after a two-vehicle collision Friday, Dec. 3, in Rochester sent his car off a 20-foot embankment with a retaining wall.

James Opiyo Okwoyo, 59, was driving east across Broadway Avenue South at 2:39 p.m. when his vehicle was T-boned by another vehicle traveling northbound approaching 17th Street Southeast. The collision caused Okwoyo's vehicle to be sent through a fence and off a 20-foot retaining wall where it landed upside down, according to the Rochester Police Department.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured and was not cited in the crash.

The Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance responded to the incident.

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