New Information Released In Tuesday’s Crash That Killed 4

Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 11:28 am

In a press release from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office today we learned more information about the multiple fatality accident near Askov MN on Sept. 11.

The Investigation to this point has established the following:

The Semi truck was a gravel hauling truck (empty) from a local company doing business in the area. It was driven by Mr. Dennis Sostak, who is also from the Askov area. Nothing at this time has indicated any wrongdoing by the semi truck driver. (As you can imagine this incident has been very traumatic for him as he is a member of this community as well).

The Driver of the Pickup truck was Nikko Jensen, age 21 who was the lone survivor and still at Essential Hospital in Duluth, but is expected to survive.

Arden Edwards, age 58 was the uncle of Nikko and Felicity. Arden was seated in the passenger area closest to the passenger door where the point of impact occurred. He was DOA at the scene upon arrival of first responders. He was the only victim not ejected from the pickup truck.

Felicity Jensen, age 17 is the sister of Nikko. Currently it is unknown her seating position in the Pickup truck as she was ejected upon impact. She was DOA in the scene upon arrival of first responders.

Brett Larson, age 21 was also ejected upon impact and his seating position in the pickup truck is unknown as well. He was DOA on the scene upon arrival of first responders.

Catherine Peterson, age 20 was also ejected from the pickup truck upon impact and her seating position is unknown as well. She was still alive when first responders arrived and began life saving measures. She was transported from the scene by air-ambulance and died a short time later at the hospital.

Up to this point there still remains no indications of alcohol use or negligence be either driver.

The MSP is conducting an accident reconstruction investigation at this time. The Pickup truck and the Semi truck were taken to the PCSO impound forensic area for examination by the MSP accident reconstruction investigator as well as the commercial vehicle inspectors (as required). Those actions are still ongoing and results are not known at this time.

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