A 14-year-old girl and Onamia High School student was struck from behind and killed by a vehicle while walking near U.S. Highway 169 and 125th Avenue Friday night, reports the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office.
The crash took place at 7:14 p.m. Friday on 350th Street in Onamia Township as victim Katelin Sawyer was reportedly on her way to watch a football game at the Onamia school. The driver, identified as Michal Kunesh, 37, of rural Onamia stopped and notified authorities of the crash from the scene.
An off-duty Mille Lacs County Deputy and a Mille Lacs Health System EMT were on the same road while also heading to the football game. Both stopped and administered first aid to Sawyer at the scene. She was rushed by ambulance to the Mille Lacs Hospital in Onamia, where she died.
The accident is still under investigation by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.