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Authorities have released the identities of the two Minnesota crash victims reported by my partner Mike Bryant yesterday.

The St. Cloud Times, the Star Tribune and other news outlets stated that both drivers were killed when 16-year-old Jacob Hughes of Litchfield crossed the centerline and struck 46-year-old Tod Walther of Long Prairie . The crash occurred in the southbound lane of U.S. Route 71 at 202nd Street in Long Prairie just before 7 a.m. Sunday.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Help with Grief, Help with Legal Questions

Families of wrongful death and personal injury victims should seek immediate help and counseling to deal with the shock of loss.

While I’ve been criticized for saying it, it’s also wise to promptly seek advice from an attorney, however difficult that is at such an emotional time. A lawyer can take some of the burden off the family by helping assure all avenues are addressed. My previous article, Legal Advice after a Wrongful Death, has valuable advice to address both the legal and emotional aspects following such a tragedy.

Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of these folks, and the entire community.


  1. Gravatar for Daniel 8791

    Hopefully the families of these two can cope with their losses with love and tenderness from friends and family. I must add a safety tip, especially considering the time of day that this accident occured. I ALWAYS drive with my headlights on. This I learned from our Canuck friends many years ago and have followed it ever since. I believe that it has helped very much, even in city driving; as I rarely have vehicles turn out in front of me as compared to before I employed this safety feature.

  2. Gravatar for Joe Crumley

    That's an excellent safety tip... and I've done that for years myself. Even in bright daylight, it improved visibility, and it's the reason all motorcycles and many new cars have headlights on whenever the car starts.

    You've inpired me to write an article on this simple lifesaving tip.... thanks Daniel!

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