Pedestrian seriously injured in Deer River crash

A pedestrian from Walker was seriously injured in Deer River early Sunday morning.

According to the state patrol, 25-year-old Nicholas Reese was walking in the westbound lane of traffic on Highway 2 near the White Oak Casino around 3 in the morning when he was struck by a minivan, driven by 62-year-old Joseph Villeneuve of Deer River.

Reese was transported via Life Link to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

Villeneuve was uninjured.


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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