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State Patrol: Charges Likely Against Semi Driver in Fatal St. Cloud Crash

March 21, 2017 10:45 AM

The Minnesota State Patrol says charges are likely against a semi driver who struck a taxi at a St. Cloud intersection, killing two people.

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The driver of the van operated by Elite Taxi and one of two passengers in the vehicle were killed Saturday when the semi rear-ended the cab which was waiting for a red light on Highway 10 and St. Germain St.
    
State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson tells the Star Tribune there's no indication the taxi driver took any action to avoid the collision.

The crash killed 66-year-old Thomas Findlay, of Sartell, the cab driver, and 22-year-old Emily LeTourneau, of Big Lake, a passenger. The other passenger, a 24-year-old woman from New Hope, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where she's in serious condition.

LeTourneau's mother said she was a sweet, loving girl with a huge heart who will be greatly missed.

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The owner of Elite Taxi Company, Findlay's employer, said he was a Vietnam Vet who was loved by coworkers. 

"He had a twinkle in his eye," Elite Taxi owner Laura Baker said. "Never heard an unkind word about the man." 

As a tribute to Findlay, black ribbons were placed on all Elite Taxi cabs Monday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for LeTourneau.

Baker has set up a fund for Findlay's family as well. For more information, email laura.elitetaxi2014@gmail.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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