Second crash victim dies

Published 9:23 am Friday, July 4, 2008

Kelly John Pechumer, 37, of Alden, who had been in critical condition since the wreck, died late Thursday afternoon. This brings the death toll on County Road 34 to three since heavy rains caused flooding June 11 and 12 that washed out the roadway.

Kelly Jo Abrego, 25, who was also a passenger in the crash, died Monday.

The incident occurred when a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche sport-utility truck — a cross between a sport-utility vehicle and a pickup — carrying six people went into the washed out area of the road, landed on top of a steel culvert and crashed into the southside portion of the washout.

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Thus far, passengers Nathan Buchli and Langdon Bachtle, along with driver Charles Kenneth Dennison have been released from the hospital, and passenger Broc Dempewolf still remains in fair condition.

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, along with other state agencies, are continuing the investigation into the wreck.