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Couch victim downgraded to critical

The following is an update on accident victims within Pierce County from the last couple of weeks as of Wednesday. All the patients were treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Bradley Johnson was downgraded from serious to critical. The Ellsworth resident was one of three men on May 6 who were riding a couch being towed behind a pickup truck across a pasture when it flipped. The other two on the couch were treated and released from Fairview Red Wing Medical Center.

Dana Laird, Prescott, and Jeffrey Carlisle, Maiden Rock, were upgraded to fair and good respectively. The pair was involved in an April 22 accident on State Highway 35, just south of Prescott when vehicles driven by Carlisle and Laird's wife, Michele Bevier, collided head-on. Bevier was pronounced dead at the scene. Just a week earlier, Laird was critical, while Carlisle was fair.

Gregory Lunde remains in critical condition. The Coon Rapids, Minn., native was riding his motorcycle as part of the Flood Run on April 21 when he was northbound on County Highway O, failed to negotiate a curve, resulting in him going off a ditch embankment. Lunde's passenger, Linda Bachman, was also transported to Regions where she was released.

Elizabeth Bolte was discharged. The Hager City native was driving her Jeep April 23 on 750th St., when the vehicle left the road, rolled and came to rest on its top in a farm field. Both Bolte and the passenger, Kayla Huppert, Ellsworth, were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Huppert was taken to River Falls Area Hospital, where she was released.

Kimberly Kay was also released. The Hudson resident was a passenger on Shawn Friese's motorcycle on April 21, when Friese, traveling northbound on State Highway 65 lost control while negotiating a curve.

Finally, Daniel Durham also was discharged. The Ely, Minn., resident was traveling on State Highway 128 on April 16, when he came out of a curve in the road, left the roadway as the roadway straightened out. He then entered the ditch and hit a large tree head on.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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