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New London boy, 11, dies a month after head-on crash with semi-trailer

Nate Shumaker suffered severe injuries in the crash, which ultimately proved fatal.

An 11-year-old boy critically injured in a head-on crash with a semi last month has died.

The family of Nathaniel "Nate" Shumaker of New London, confirmed on their Caring Bridge site that the youngster died on Wednesday from the head injuries sustained in the collision on Mar. 28.

"Nate went to heaven earlier this evening," his father, Tim, wrote. "He was surrounded in the prayers and love of family and friends here at the hospital, as well everyone who was here in spirit with him and us.

"As was our hope, he was able to donate some of his organs as well as other tissues. Nate was an incredibly giving young man, and we know he would be and is happy to give some of himself to others. 

"While we rejoice in the knowledge that Nate is heaven with Jesus, please keep our family in your prayers as we move forward."


– Boy, 11, fights for his life after semi-trailer crash.

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The 11 year old was a passenger in a car that struck a semi-trailer head-on near Paynesville on Hwy. 23. 

The boys' mother, Heather, was also in the car along with two of his brothers. They were not seriously injured.

Nate Shumaker suffered severe head injuries, ultimately losing his fight for life this week after a month-long battle.

Tributes have been paid to him this week at New London-Spicer schools, while a "Donate Life" flag was erected outside Hennepin County Medical Center, which is where he was treated before his death.

"The loss of any member of our school community is difficult," Megan Fields, New London-Spicer schools communications director, told the West Central Tribune on Thursday. "Students are honoring Nate today."

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