Crash claims life of 16-year-old girl

Authorities indicate speed was factor in crash Sept. 10 that involved four other teenagers.

PINE RIVER — A 16-year-old Pine River girl was killed Thursday, Sept. 10, when the vehicle she was a passenger in crashed in rural Pine River.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported speed was a factor in the fatal crash. Authorities were called to the crash at 8 p.m. in Pine River Township. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and learned a 1995 Cadillac DeVille was traveling south on 26th Avenue Southwest when it left the roadway, flipping and rolling several times.

The 16-year-old was ejected from the vehicle. Lifesaving efforts were immediately initiated, however, she was deceased on scene. The investigation shows a 16-year-old boy, from Backus, was the driver of the vehicle and was treated on scene for unknown injuries and transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. There were three other passengers in the vehicle — two 16-year-old boys and one 16-year-old girl who were treated on scene for minor injuries.

The investigation indicates speed was a factor in the crash and alcohol does not appear to be involved, the sheriff's office reported. An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The sheriff's office declined to release the names of the other victims in the crash, stating the decision to do so was based on their status as juveniles.

The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol.


The Pine River police and fire departments and North Memorial Health Ambulance assisted on scene.


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