Names Released in Fatal Crash

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports the release of the names involved in the fatal crash between a minivan and an all-terrain vehicle on Tuesday, Sept. 11, on County Road 45 south of Brainerd.

The operator of the all-terrain vehicle, a John Deere Gator 4x4, who later died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, has been identified as 87-year-old Wayne Thiesse of Brainerd.

The operator of the minivan, 54-year-old Troy Hanson of St. Cloud, was uninjured in the crash. The crash remains under investigation, but preliminary reports indicate Thiesse was traveling west on the all-terrain vehicle, attempting to cross County Road 45. Hanson was traveling south on County Road 45, and struck Thiesse’s vehicle in the passenger side door as it crossed the roadway.