Man sentenced for brutal, head-on crash in Roseville


Michael Terry Flodine

courtesy of Roseville Police Department • Michael Terry Flodine was sentenced April 26 to jail time for the Dec. 2, 2016, crash, in which he plowed head-on into the SUV driven by Steven Gernes on Fairview Avenue in Roseville, severely injuring Gernes.

The man who drove the wrong way down Fairview Avenue at speeds faster than 100 miles per hour and head-on into an SUV in a December, 2016, crash that bewildered area residents has been convicted of criminal vehicular operation.

Michael Terry Flodine, 51 of Mahtomedi, pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal vehicular operation-great bodily harm and was sentenced April 26 to 180 days in jail, according to court records. His sentence includes five years probation with a stayed 18-month prison term.

Flodine, a lawyer who lived in Oakdale when he was charged in September of last year, severely injured Steven Gernes, a then 63-year-old man from St. Paul, in the crash.

Witnesses say Flodine drove off Highway 36 in his silver, 2006 Audi A6, through a fence and down a grass hill onto Fairview, court records say, before he sped southbound on the avenue.

A Roseville woman who was headed north on Fairview and swerved off the road to avoid being hit by Flodine described his car as a “streak of silver.”

Flodine hit Gernes, who was driving a 2016 Ford Escape northbound, at 120 to 133 miles per hour just north of Roselawn Avenue, investigators said, as he passed a line of stopped cars at the intersection.

The two vehicles came to a stop some 250 feet past the point of impact. Flodine’s Audi’s speedometer was stuck at 93 miles per hour after the crash, court documents said.

According to court documents, Gernes suffered multiple leg injuries in the crash, including a broken right femur and a fractured and dislocated right ankle, as well as a broken left arm. Both Flodine and Gernes were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center following the crash, where Gernes was put into a medically-induced coma.

At the time Flodine was charged, court documents said Gernes still suffered from pain and swelling in his right leg and ankle every day.

As part of his sentencing, Flodine was ordered to complete a treatment program, a defensive driving course and to read all letters of support written in regards to Gernes.

According to court documents, since 2005, Flodine was convicted of speed-related traffic violations three times. In 2009 he pleaded guilty to an Isanti County incident in which he was clocked driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone. 

 

— Mike Munzenrider

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