Counselor Services Available for Students in Wake of Tragedy
Pine City High School is making counselors available to students after one of their former classmates was killed in a weekend car crash near Beroun.
Will Christen, 19, was the passenger in a car that went off Sunnyhill Road north of County Road 14 around 6:20 a.m., according to Pine County Sheriff Mark Mansavage.
Pine City High School Principal George Johnson said the school made mention of the accident to students during Saturday’s prom. Johnson said students were “very receptive” to the news.
Mansavage tells Red Rock Radio that Christen and the driver Steve Fore,19, of Brook Park were both ejected from the vehicle which was traveling northbound.
Christen was transported to the Pine Medical Center in Sandstone where he was pronounced dead. His body was then taken to Ramsey County for an autopsy.
Fore remains in critical condition at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
A third person in the car, who was sitting in the back seat, suffered only minor injuries and walked away from the crash. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Authorities do not know if the two teens in the front of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.
The Pine County Sheriff’s Department and the Minnesota State Patrol are handling the investigation. It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. Blood tests were taken from Christen and Fore.
Christen graduated from Pine City High School in 2009. He also worked as a board operator at WCMP and WXCX radio during 2009.
A Facebook group has been set up in memory of Christen. Click here.