New London man injured in Roscoe, Minnesota, crash that severely injured other driver and killed a passenger

Brian Raymond Johnson, 68, of New London, suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being involved in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Stearns County. The other driver suffered life-threatening injuries and a passenger died, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.


Editor's note: This story has been updated since original publication Thursday afternoon with many details of the crash that were not initially available from the Minnesota State Patrol, including the name of the passenger who died.

ROSCOE — A New London man suffered non-life-threatening injuries Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash just outside of Roscoe that left the other driver with life-threatening injuries and an unbelted passenger dead.

Brian Raymond Johnson, 68, was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup north on Minnesota Highway 23 when it rear-ended an Oldsmobile sedan.

Johnson was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, and the airbags in his pickup deployed. He was transported to CentraCare — Paynesville for treatment of his injuries.

Luke Andrew Jacobs, 22, of Little Falls, a passenger in the Oldsmobile, died in the crash, according to the State Patrol’s accident report . He was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the car, Albert Anthony Hemmesch, 35, of Fort Ripley, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale for treatment. He was not wearing a seat belt.


Alcohol was not involved, and road conditions were dry at the time of the crash, reported at 6:35 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and 246th Avenue in Munson Township of Stearns County.

Paynesville Fire Department, CentraCare Ambulance, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Department of Transportation and North Aircare assisted the Minnesota State Patrol at the scene.

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