Driver in Backus-area crash succumbs to injury

The driver in a Backus area crash succumbed to his injuries Saturday.

In an updated release from the Minnesota State Patrol, 86-year-old Leo Elyea passed away from his injuries at North Memorial Hospital.

Elyea’s passenger, 83-year-old Susan Bye-Elyea, was killed at the crash scene on Highway 371 Thursday morning.

The state patrol says Elyea was not wearing a seat belt.

The Elyeas were southbound on the highway when 56-year-old Stephen Ertl of St. Cloud crossed into the southbound lane in a Chevy pickup.

Ertl and his 26-year-old passenger were transported to St. Joseph’s for non-life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. Roads were described as snowy and icy at the time.

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