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Three ATV accidents, one fatal, over Fourth of July weekend

Web posted July 15, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

The Fourth of July was a dangerous holiday for ATV riders, as the area saw three ATV accidents that weekend, one of them killing a 36-year-old Princeton woman riding southeast of Emily.

On July 7, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at 3:15 p.m. of a fatal ATV crash on Lens road near Emily. The woman was driving the ATV through a large puddle of water and rolled the ATV on top of her. The victim was riding ATVs with her boyfriend, who was on a separate ATV. She was not wearing a helmet.

The victim was identified as Nerchel Abella Nahuman, who lived in Princeton but was formerly of the Phillipines. Her body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for autopsy and cause of death.

Two other area accidents caused injuries but were not fatal. Also on July 7, two juvenile girls on an ATV were struck by a car near a driveway on Mission Road in Nisswa. One girl was thrown from the ATV. Riley Bredenson, 12, of Minnestrista, MN, and Alexa Ann King, 16, of Zimmerman, were both taken to Essentia St. Joseph’s by their parents. The vehicle was driven by Duane Baker, 48, of Pine River.

On July 6, the Crow Wing County Sheriff responded to an ATV accident at around 1:30 p.m. in which 57-year-old Wanda Grecula, a Fifty Lakes resident, fell off her ATV and was run over by another. She was transported to the hospital by North Ambulance.

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