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Granite Falls accident victim, 20, removed from life support

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ROBBINSDALE -- A 20-year-old woman critically injured in a two-car crash Aug. 3 has been taken off life support and transferred to hospice care at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

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The family of Michaela Lynn Busenbark of Granite Falls described the decision as very hard but said it was the right thing to do. She was removed from a ventilator Tuesday and as of Wednesday remained in hospice, according to information placed on her CaringBridge website.

The family said she was a strong advocate of organ donation and that her organs will be harvested.

Busenbark suffered head injuries in the crash and a subsequent stroke that left her in a vegetative state.

Busenbark was a passenger in a car driven by her friend, Kailey E. Olson, 18, of Granite Falls. Olson died in the two-vehicle, broadside crash at Minnesota Highway 19 and Redwood County Road 7 south of Belview.

According to the report from the State Patrol, Olson was driving a 2003 Saturn and failed to yield to a 2006 Pontiac, which was eastbound on Highway 19. Olson's car was broadsided on the driver's side.

The driver of the second vehicle, Briana J. Nething, 27, of Morgan, was treated and released at Redwood Falls Hospital. Two juvenile females were passengers in her car. One was treated and released. The other was uninjured.

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