Bemidji man dies from crash

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– A Bemidji man died Friday morning after a serious two-vehicle crash between Bemidji and Cass Lake Tuesday.

According to an update from the state patrol, 74-year-old Torrence Lillevold died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

The initial report said that Lillevold was attempting to cross Highway 2 from Vagabond Loop when his Jeep Cherokee was struck by a Jeep Liberty.

Forty-year-old Nicole Sovde of Bemidji attempted to swerve to miss Lillevold but the Jeeps collided, causing Lillevold’s vehicle to roll into the ditch.

A passenger in the Liberty, a 14-year-old Bemidji girl, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Sanford Hospital.

Roads were dry at the time of the crash, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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