Deer River woman injured in alcohol-related crash

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that a 42-year-old Deer River woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 2 Thursday afternoon.

According to the report, Sarah Wakanabo was driving a Nissan Rogue when she went off the road at Highway 2 and Itasca County Road 89, causing the vehicle to roll onto its driver’s side.

Wakanabo was treated for her minor injuries on the scene. She is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.


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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