March 12, 2018 04:00 PM
Investigators are working to determine whether a Braham Area High School student driving a vehicle involved in a fatal crash Saturday came to a complete stop or yielded the right of way to the other vehicle.
The Kanabec County Sheriff's Office reported two teens were in a vehicle that collided with a pickup truck east of Mora at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Braham Area High School officials and friends identified the teens as couple Gavin Butenhoff and Alexis Hasser.
Butenhoff, a junior, died just after the collision. Hasser, a senior, was taken to North Memorial where she later died.
According to Sheriff Brian Smith in an email, "preliminary statements and scene observations would indicate that the Hasser vehicle either did not stop or failed to yield the clear right of way to the other vehicle."
The sheriff's office said Sunday Hasser was driving.
Grief counselors were on hand Monday as the community of Braham mourned the sudden loss.
We are deeply saddened tonight to learn of the passing of Braham Area School’s Gavin Butenhoff (11th grade).... https://t.co/EtbbHWT0qt— Braham Area Schools (@Braham_Schools) March 11, 2018
With great sadness, we must update our story to report that we now have also lost Alexis Hasser. May she rest... https://t.co/UbaFn1E6Fl— Braham Area Schools (@Braham_Schools) March 11, 2018
"She was always there for me, through my ups and downs and she's such a beautiful soul," friend Kaylie Paitl said of Hasser. "Inside she is so beautiful and just amazing, smart; she's just so amazing."
Two occupants of the other vehicle, a tan pickup truck, were transported to North Memorial with what the sheriff's office said were non life-threatening injuries.
Tyler Berg & Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: March 12, 2018 04:00 PM
Created: March 12, 2018 05:44 AM
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