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Brainerd man critically injured in Saturday crash

A 21-year-old Brainerd man was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash about 1:46 p.m. Saturday.

David Wehrs was injured when the 1995 Saab convertible he was driving was involved in a broadside collision, the State Patrol reported.  

The crash, involving two vehicles and three occupants, occurred at the Highway 18 and 25 intersection by Pine Square southeast of Brainerd. 

The other driver, Richard Simon, 62, Brainerd, was traveling north on Highway 25 and making a left turn at the intersection. Simon was driving a 2008 Dodge pickup.

Wehrs was traveling south through the intersection with a friend, Kayla Franks, 20, Royalton. Wehrs’ vehicle hit the pickup, the State Patrol reported.

Franks suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. 

Simon was not reported injured. Both the pickup and the convertible were totaled in the crash. 

Wehrs and Franks were both wearing seat belts and their airbags deployed in the crash, the State Patrol reported. Simon also was wearing a seat belt.

Wehrs was taken by air ambulance to North Memorial in Robbinsdale Saturday. He remained in critical condition late Sunday afternoon.

The Brainerd Police Department and Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene. 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.