Deadly Braham Crash Investigation: Did Teen Driver Completely Stop, Yield Right of Way?

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.

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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.

"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."

A GoFundMe page has been established in Hasser's name to help pay for medical and funeral expenses. There is also a GoFundMe for Butenhoff.

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

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