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Driver in fatal Kanabec County crash was distracted by GPS, warrant application says

Minnesota State Patrol takes inventory of a fatal crash scene in Brunswick on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Photo: Kirsten Faurie, Kanabec County Times
Minnesota State Patrol takes inventory of a fatal crash scene in Brunswick on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

Updated: August 19, 2019 12:57 PM

The driver of a Toyota Camry that crashed into two motorcycles in Kanabec County, killing one person and injuring six on Saturday, told authorities he was distracted by a GPS mounted to his windshield at the time, a search warrant application states.

According to the warrant application, 30-year-old Par Klaw told troopers he was traveling north on Mahogany Street looking at the GPS when at the last second he realized there was a stop sign at Highway 70. However, he was unable to stop in time and hit two motorcycles.

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1 dead, 6 injured after collision in Kanabec County

The warrant application states Klaw said he thought he was driving about 25 mph, but admitted the crash was his fault.

The Minnesota State Patrol said Saturday that a 42-year-old man from Java, South Dakota, was killed in the crash, and six people were injured, including two with life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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