Icy roads and alcohol involved in crash that killed a central Minnesota man

A two-vehicle crash Wednesday killed a 67-year-old man from Kimball. Roads were icy at the time and alcohol was detected in the driver of the other vehicle, according to the State Patrol.


KIMBALL — A Kimball man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night on icy roads in Stearns County.

According to the State Patrol report, alcohol was involved with the driver of the other vehicle.

The crash was reported at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday on state Highway 15 north of Kimball.

According to the report, Ricky Allen Freitag, 57, of Rice, was driving a 2018 Ford F-150 north on Highway 15 when the vehicle hit a patch of ice and collided with a 2003 Buick Regal. Alcohol was detected in Freitag, according to the State Patrol report.

The 67-year-old driver of the Buick was killed in the crash. His name is not being released until Friday.


Freitag was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Kimball Police Department, Kimball Fire and Rescue and Mayo Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at or 320-894-9750
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