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Cambridge Crash Victims’ Families and Friends Gather to Remember

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at 5:10 am

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Funeral Services for four of the victims of a Sunday morning crash in Cambridge will take place Thursday.  Travis Gryczkowski, 21, Kelsee Blackledge, 15, Travis Buchan, 17, and Tres (Tray) Kendryna-Whitefeather, 16, will be laid to rest this afternoon.  They are four of six people killed in the head-on collision.

Isanti County Sheriff Russ Monson announced Wednesday that the lone survivor and driver of one of the vehicles, 16-year-old Sabrina Schumacher was not drinking at the time of the crash.  An odor of alcohol was detected from the vehicle at the crash scene.

It’s believed Schumacher was the only person in either vehicle wearing a seat belt.

The two men in the other car, both worked at Minpack in Pine City.  They are Joshua Netzel, 24, and Aaron Neuschwander, 23, who will be laid to rest on Friday.

A remembrance ceremony was held  at the Hardy Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday for the victims.

U.S Senator Amy Klobuchar announced Wednesday that she is introducing legislation to better prepare teen drivers and improve safety on America’s roads and highways.  The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act, will set national standards for all states to implement Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs that help teens become safe, responsible drivers.

Klobuchar’s office reports 16 to 19 year old drivers are four times more likely to be in a car crash than older drivers and in the past five years alone in Minnesota, 544 people have died in car accidents.

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