Two injured in Dec. 6 crashes

Of three recent injury crashes in Hubbard County, two happened on Sunday, Dec. 6.


Injuries were reported in three recent crashes in Hubbard County, two of them occurring on Sunday, Dec. 6.


According to a Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) incident report, a single-vehicle accident was reported at approximately 7:27 a.m. Dec. 6 on State Hwy. 200 at County Road 30, Lakeport Twp.

The crash occurred when an eastbound 2006 Ford Escape, lost control at a corner, went into the north ditch and rolled.

The driver, Rachel Jane Palmer, 22, of Laporte, sustained injuries described as non-life threatening, but was not hospitalized. Palmer was wearing a seat belt during the accident, and the airbag deployed.

Assisting at the scene were personnel from Clark’s Towing and North Memorial Ambulance.



According to another MSP incident report, a passenger was injured when two vehicles collided at approximately 12:54 p.m. Dec. 6 on State Hwy. 87 at County Road 6 in Hubbard.

The crash occurred when a 2006 Buick Terraza stopped at a stop sign, then pulled out in front of a 2012 Jeep Patriot and was struck.

The driver of the Jeep, Cynthia Rose Larson, 22, of Walker, was uninjured, as were the driver of the minivan, Betty Ann Barrett, 89, of Park Rapids, and passengers Alan Edward Fietek, 11, and Day-ana Rose Fietek, 9, both of Akeley.

Another Buick passenger, Mary Katherine Hutchins, 69, was transported to CHI St. Joseph’s Health with non-life threatening injuries.

All occupants were wearing seat belts during the accident, and airbags deployed in both vehicles.

Also assisting at the scene were personnel from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and Farrington Towing.

Distracted driving

According to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, a one-vehicle crash was reported at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 on County Road 16 in Hart Lake Township.

Responding deputies arrived to find an unoccupied vehicle in the ditch that had struck a power pole.


Investigation showed that Jolynn Gillett, 36, of Laporte was driving a westbound 2020 Nissan Sentra when she drove off the roadway and over a driveway approach before striking a phone box and power pole.

Gillett was driven home in a private vehicle, and was then transported by Leech Lake Ambulance to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, where she was treated for possible injuries.

Distracted driving contributed to the cause of the crash, the sheriff’s office reported.

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