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Crash on Highway 71 in Minnesota Injures a Sioux Falls 15-Year-Old

Jeff Cole
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Posted on Dec 21, 2013

According to an article from the Argus Leader, a 15-year-old South Dakota resident was hurt in a wreck on Highway 71 on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Riley A. Brech, of Sioux Falls, was traveling on Highway 71 in Cottonwood County, Minnesota, and was involved in a collision at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 30. The accident took place around 9:30 a.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol stated that Brech was headed north on Highway 71 in a 1996 Chevrolet truck at the time of the accident. Brech’s vehicle collided with a Toyota Corolla, driven by 23-year-old Ryan Brown, a Crystal Lake resident, who was headed west on Highway 30. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Brech was hurt in the collision, and Brown was uninjured. At the time of this report, neither Brech nor Brown had been cited in the incident, and there was no information available about the potential cause of the wreck.  

Multiple authorities assisted at the scene of the two-car accident, including the Jeffers Fire Department and Ambulance, the Cottonwood County Sheriff, and the Windom Police. According to reports of the accident, Brech’s injuries were not thought to be life threatening, but no further information was available on the young driver’s condition. 

It’s not unusual for friends and family members to be on the road this time of year, and the extra traffic usually means an increase in motor vehicle accidents. Our Sioux Falls legal team urges drivers to keep safety in mind when behind the wheel—especially when you’re on vacation or traveling far from home—and hope that Riley Brech is able to quickly recover from the injuries sustained in this frightening accident. 

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