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One of two killed Saturday in west central Minnesota crash was driving pickup reported stolen minutes earlier

An 86-year-old Lake Lillian man and a 35-year-old man from Faribault, neither wearing a seat belt, died in a crash Saturday between Lake Lillian and Cosmos. The Faribault man was driving a vehicle reported stolen minutes earlier. An 83-year-old woman was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries.

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EAST LAKE LILLIAN TOWNSHIP — One of the vehicles involved in a west central Minnesota crash that killed both drivers and seriously injured a passenger Saturday afternoon had been reported stolen minutes earlier.

The crash was reported at 4:32 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on Minnesota Highway 7 between Lake Lillian and Cosmos. The theft of a 2019 GMC Yukon was reported at 4:10 p.m. roughly 20 miles away.

August Faber, 86, of Lake Lillian, was driving a 2021 Ford Edge westbound on Highway 7, and Jacob Thomas Dahlheimer, 35, of Faribault, Minnesota, was driving a 2019 GMC Yukon southbound on 195th Street Southeast when the vehicles collided at the intersection, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Both men died from their injuries.

Gertrude Faber, 83, of Lake Lillian, a passenger in the Ford, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries.

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The 2019 Yukon was reported stolen in the city of Kandiyohi, according to a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office entry in the daily media report. The reporting party gave a description of the man alleged to have taken the vehicle, and said the suspect had come from an apartment building and had also been inside a store there.

An entry in the Sheriff’s Office daily report Sunday morning said a stolen vehicle was recovered at the location of the fatal crash.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Nester confirmed to the West Central Tribune on Sunday afternoon that the two reports are part of the same incident, but said he could not provide any additional information at this time while the matter is under investigation.

An 86-year-old Lake Lillian man and a 35-year-old man from Faribault, neither wearing a seat belt, died in a crash Saturday between Lake Lillian and Cosmos. An 83-year-old woman was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries.

According to the State Patrol report on the crash, road conditions were dry, and it is unknown if alcohol was a factor.

Both drivers’ airbags deployed, but neither of the men was wearing a seat belt. The passenger was wearing her seat belt, the Patrol reported.

Assisting at the crash scene in Kandiyohi County’s East Lake Lillian Township were the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Lake Lillian Fire Department and Ambulance, Cosmos Fire Department, Life Link Helicopter and Hutchinson Ambulance.

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: jkotila@wctrib.com or phone at 320-214-4339.
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