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*Update* Cambridge Crash A Reminder of Dangers of Reckless Driving

Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 7:40 am
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Two people in the Oldsmobile Bravada died after it collided head-on with a Grand Am and caught fire

The Cambridge community continues to mourn the deaths of six people who were killed in a two car collision early Sunday morning.

Kelsee Blackledge, 15, Princeton

Kelsee Blackledge, 15, Princeton

The Minnesota State Patrol identified four of the passengers in the as Travis Buchan, 17, of Cambridge, Travis Gryczkowski, 21, Cambridge, Stephen Kendryna, 16, of Cambridge, and Kelsee Blackledge, 15, of Princeton.  All four were passengers in Pontiac Grand Am.  They were pronounced dead at the scene and investigators believe none were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske:

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The names of the other victims have not been released.  They will be made available later this week, once positive identification is made by the medical examiner.

Cambridge-Isanti Superintendent Bruce Novak says all the people in the Grand Am went to school in the district at some point.  He say its is hard to come to terms with the devastation the crash has left on the victim’s family and friends.

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Novak says the there is a sense of shock in the school and describes the mood as “somber.”

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The State Patrol confirms the driver of the Oldsmobile Bravada was a 24-year-old from Sandstone.

The driver of the Grand Am, 16-year-old from girl from Isanti , was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.   Her name is not being released because she is a minor possibly facing criminal charges.   State Patrol reports an odor of alcohol was present in the Grand Am.

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Travis Buchan

Travis Buchan

The driver of the Grand Am may also face charges because it is against Minnesota law for a 16 year-0ld to drive between midnight and 5 a.m.

Lt. Roeske:

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The Minnesota State Patrol is handling the investigation.  Roeske says it’s too soon to know exactly how and why the crash occurred.

The Cambridge accident was one of several around the state. Eleven people, including seven teenagers, were killed on Minnesota roadways this weekend.  Last week, Will Christen, 19, of Pine City was killed in a single car crash in Beroun.

Four of the five people in the Grand Am were killed

Four of the five people in the Grand Am were killed

Roeske says this is deadliest weekend in recent memory.

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Roeske says parents, schools, law enforcement and the community needs to do more to prevent tragedies like the one in Cambridge.

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Novak says the school district is offering counseling for students.  He believes the crash paints a vivid picture for students about the risks of driving.

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A vigil for the crash victims is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

2 Comments

  1. Pastor Andrea Wittwer 04/26/10 at 8:17pm

    My family well knows the grief and pain caused by tradgedies like this one. Our son was killed in 1997 on the expressway near Chicago. Without our trust in God and being able to lean on our friends and church family it would have been much more difficult to recover. The agony takes a long time to subside but with care, happier memories can remain. Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends of these young people.
    Pastor Andrea Wittwer, Dairyland, WI

  2. Beverly M 04/29/10 at 7:39pm

    My prayers and heart go out to all 7 families.God bless and I will keep praying for all.

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