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One Survivor of Fatal Northfield Crash Improving

Updated: 03/03/2014 6:42 AM
Created: 03/03/2014 6:41 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

One of the college students who survived a highway crash that killed three in Minnesota is improving at a Twin Cities hospital.
    
Authorities say 20-year-old William Sparks, of Evanston, Ill., was driving the SUV that slid into the path of a semi on Highway 3 near Northfield Friday. Sparks is in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Another student who survived, 19-year-old Conor Eckert, of Seattle, remains in critical condition.
    
The Minnesota State Patrol says neither alcohol or excessive speed appear to be factors in a crash that killed 20-year-old James Adams of St. Paul, 21-year-old Paxton Harvieux of Stillwater, and 20-year-old Michael Goodgame of Westport, Conn.
    
The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the five Carleton College students were members of one of the country's top Ultimate Frisbee teams.
    
“We offer our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of James, Michael and Paxton, and we hope and pray for the full recovery of Will and Conor,” Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer said in a statement sent to the campus community. “The collective Carleton soul aches for the loss of these three young men. Right now, we need to focus all our love and compassion on supporting the families and friends of all these young men, along with everyone in our community who cares for them.”

Counseling services have been made available to students.

A memorial fund has been set up for Harvieux, according to a family member. Donations can be made at any TCF Bank branch to the "Paxton Harvieux Memorial Fund.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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