Austin man dies in Steele Co. ATV crash

Published 12:22 pm Thursday, June 23, 2016

By William Morrow, Owatonna People’s Press

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Police say an Austin man was killed in an ATV crash Wednesday afternoon in Blooming Prairie.

Nathan McFarland, 32, was driving the vehicle when it crashed into a tree on the property of Worlein Funeral Home on Highway Avenue S, and died at the scene, Blooming Prairie Police Chief Greg Skillestad said. The crash remains under investigation, and the cause of death is not yet known.

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“We don’t know if it’s from the accident, we don’t know if it’s a medical [issue], we don’t know,” Skillestad said. “[McFarland] will go to an autopsy, and we’re just waiting to hear back from the medical examiner.”

Skillestad said McFarland was described by his wife as a loving husband and father of three young children, ages 9, 3 and 6 weeks, and that the family had requested privacy.

A passenger on the ATV, Kevin Maday, also was injured in the crash, Skillestad said, and was treated and releasedWednesday at Austin Medical Center for a broken nose, cracked ribs and other cuts and bruises.

McFarland was an employee at TT Motorcycles in Blooming Prairie, Skillestad said, as is Maday. Attempts to reach the company Thursday morning were not immediately returned.