State Patrol: 1 dead after pickup runs red light, hits van with children on board


A pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old and occupied by three teenage passengers ran a red light and struck a van with three children inside, killing the adult driver.

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According to the State Patrol incident report, the pickup was heading eastbound on U.S. Highway 10 just north of Monticello around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

At the intersection with County Road 11 between Becker and Big Lake, the State Patrol says the pickup went through a red light and broadsided a van that was traveling north.

The crash killed 54-year-old Charles Mauerer of Becker, who was driving the van at the time.

In the vehicle were three juveniles: His 10-year-old daughter suffered a serious injury. Both were airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Two 15-year-olds who were also in the van – another daughter of Maurer, and a friend – suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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The 18-year-old pickup driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

One of the passengers, a 17-year-old, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital via ground transport with serious injuries. Two other occupants, one 18 years old the other 16, had non-life threatening injuries. All four are from Little Falls.

The State Patrol says everyone involved was wearing a seat belt and no alcohol was detected.

A patrol spokesperson told KARE 11 it could be two or three months before the investigation is finished and a decision on whether to file criminal charges is made.

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