Teenager killed in speeding-related crash near Pine River

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash near Pine River that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

According to a release, a ’95 Cadillac Deville with several teenagers inside was southbound on 26th Avenue Southwest in rural Pine River around 8 p.m. Thursday, when it left the roadway and rolled several times.

A 16-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle.

Lifesaving efforts were performed when first responders arrived but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, a 16-year-old Backus boy, was treated on scene for unknown injuries and transported to the Brainerd hospital.

Three other teenagers, two 16-year-old boys and one 16-year-old girl were treated on scene for minor injuries.

According to Sheriff Tom Burch, speed was a factor in this crash and alcohol is not believed to be involved.

The state patrol is assisting in the investigation, and Pine River Police, Pine River Fire, and North Memorial Ambulance 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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