Isanti mother dies in broadside crash Sunday night

By Rachel Kytonen

A 30-year old Isanti woman has died after her car was broad-sided by another vehicle on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 6:01 p.m. at the intersection of 269th Ave. N.E. (Co. Rd. 9) and Durant St. N.E. (Co. Rd. 45) in Athens Township.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Christin M. Birkholz, 30, of Isanti, died at the scene after a vehicle driven by Melody F. Lewis, 16, of Ham Lake, ran the stop sign at 269th Ave. while heading south on Durant St. Birkholz, driving a 2003 Olds Alero, was heading westbound on 269th Ave.

The report said Lewis’ vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Caravan, broadsided Birkholz’s vehicle, causing it to roll into a water-filled ditch and land on its roof.

Birkholz’s two minor sons, who were passengers in her vehicle, are in serious condition at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Her other passenger, her minor daughter, was treated and released from Cambridge Medical Center.

According to the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, the three children were removed from the vehicle from people who stopped to render assistance.

Lewis was treated and released from Cambridge Medical Center. Her two passengers, mother, Laurie A. Lewis, 47, and minor female relative, both of Ham Lake, were also treated and released from Cambridge Medical Center.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, road conditions were reported dry at the time, and neither alcohol or electronic devices played a role in the crash.

The Minnesota State Patrol is taking the lead on the investigation. The Isanti Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, and Isanti Fire/Rescue responded to the scene.

Funeral services for Birkholz will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel with Pastor Dan Nordin officiating.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to the funeral Monday at the church. Interment will be in West Oak Grove Cemetery.