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Mother of car crash victim: Legal system has to take a stricter view


OLIVIA -- Wendy Russell's frustrations with the legal system in the death of her son go beyond the anguish she feels in not being able to pursue restitution through the criminal system.

She also believes the legal system fails all of us when careless driving is only a misdemeanor offense in fatal accidents. An Oct. 20, 2009, accident on U.S. Highway 212 resulted in the death of her son, Josh Baldwin, 20, and caused severe injuries to two of his friends in the same vehicle.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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