State Patrol: Several people saw fatal Hermantown crash
DULUTH - A Minnesota State Patrol trooper said Friday that several people in two vehicles witnessed the accident that killed two Duluth men about midnight Sunday at the intersection of Arrowhead Road and U.S. Highway 53, but that the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
"A big part of the investigation has to do with getting toxicology tests back from the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's crime lab]," said Sgt. Mark Baker, information officer for the Duluth District of the State Patrol.
Baker said Sgt. Neil Dickenson, accident reconstructionist for the State Patrol's Duluth District, is working on eight or nine reconstructions and was trying to make the double fatality a priority.
A phone message asking the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul how long it might take for its lab to analyze the evidence wasn't returned Friday.
Baker said the Patrol was being cautious releasing information about the accident because "the investigation hasn't been finished, and we don't want to taint it."
The accident claimed the lives of Timothy J. Schlies, 26, and Hans C. Warren, 27, both of Duluth. The pair was in a 1995 Toyota Camry headed west on Arrowhead that crossed into the Highway 53 intersection and was broadsided by a 2005 GMC Yukon driven by Daniel D. Dougherty, 50, of Hermantown.
The victims were not wearing seatbelts, the Patrol said. Dougherty was wearing a seatbelt and escaped uninjured.