According to Winona Patrolman Blake Herring, officers and emergency vehicles were dispatched to Winona Secondary School at approximately 8:30 a.m. after a 1999 Honda Passport, traveling north on Fairground Street lost control, veering into the Winona Secondary School parking lot. Herring said the vehicle struck an unoccupied 2009 Saturn and caused damage to an unoccupied 1988 Toyota Camry before colliding with the front pillar of the school building. Herring said the Saturn received major damage in the collision, while the Toyota Camry only had minor damage.
Herring identified the driver of the Honda Passport as Deandre Mitchell, 23, of Winona. A juvenile passenger was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
"He was going north on Fairground Street and hit a rough spot where a bridge is being replaced," Herring said. “He was cited for speeding.”
"Basically, [the driver and the juvenile passenger] were shaken up," Herring said. "Nobody was hurt."
Winona Superintendent of Education, Dr. Teresa Jackson, said in a statement that the school's column only "sustained minor, cosmetic damage to a few bricks."
Jackson went on to say, "Winona School District administrators, faculty, staff and students conducted themselves well in a situation that is unusual for the regular school day. The Winona Police and Fire Departments and MedStat Emergency Services responded quickly and professionally."