***Victims Identified in Fatal Pine County Crash

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 at 3:31 pm

The new year started tragically in Pine County.  Two people were killed in a three car crash south of Pine City Friday evening.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Michael Moris, 50, and Robin Moris, 48, both of Pine City were killed when their car was hit head-on by a Chevy truck driven by Scott Heckel, 44, of Pine City.

The State Patrol reports alcohol was detected in Heckel’s system at the time of the crash.  He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

According to the accident report, Heckel was driving on Highway 70 and passed a Dodge Caravan driven by Patricia Denn, 59, of Frederic in a no passing zone at the crest of a hill and then struck the Moris’ Oldsmobile Intrigue head-on.  The Intrigue driven by Michael Moris was traveling westbound on Highway 70.

Heckel’s truck then slid into the eastbound lane and sideswiped the Caravan which entered a ditch.  The passenger of the Caravan is identified as Matthew Denn, 25, of Duluth who did not suffer any injuries.

The accident occurred Friday around 5:45 p.m. at Highway 70 and Glendale Road south of Pine City.


  1. sad 01/3/10 at 10:34pm

    was family. it is sad that people are not willing to think of others when getting themselves messed up.

    if you are going to make yourself stupid, do it where you will not harm others.

    worst part is scott is a friend of a family member’s friend. so we know all the persons involved except the duluth guy.

  2. Sad 01/4/10 at 9:51am

    Don’t know the couple; however my thoughts and prayers go out to the family that has now lost both of their parents due to a possible drunk driver. Again Hwy 70 and another horrible accident!

  3. Horrible 01/4/10 at 11:58am

    Mike and Robin will be missed. They were great people with even better attitudes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family. RIP

  4. Dave & Jan Patterson 01/4/10 at 3:08pm

    Jerry and Karen, April and Matt, and Robin’s mom, Joan, our hearts go out to you. Nothing is sadder than thinking Mike isn’t going to be able to smile or make the world seem a better place.. he was always willing to help, and it was always with a positive attitude. He and Robin were so happy together, and in a good spot together… Our sympathies…

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