CLIFTON TOWNSHIP -- Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal crash around 11:40 a.m. Friday, May 21, on County Road F near County Road N. Deputies determined that Ryan Murphy, 40, Afton, Minn., was driving a 2016 Dodge Challenger southbound on County Road F near County Road M when she drove left of center into the path of a northbound 2018 Mazda CX-5 operated by Susan Pierce, 61, River Falls. There were several reports of Murphy’s vehicle moving erratically prior to the crash.
Pierce was transported from the scene by Allina Ambulance Service to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with undetermined injuries. Murphy was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, River Falls Police Department, River Falls Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Pierce County Highway Department assisted at the scene.