Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Boozing driver creates family hardship

 A horrific car wreck that happened

in Dodge County over 10 years ago

is still affecting the Fredricksen family.

Even though the crash was not

Adam Fredricksen’s fault, he will

forever be punished for it.

Adam, 30, amazingly was able to

graduate with his Kasson-Mantorville

class in 2004, despite not being

able to return to school for four

months due to his injuries from the


The Crash

 On Feb. 7, 2004 Adam’s life

changed in an instant. He and his

then girlfriend, Tasha Sternberg,

rented a movie from Kasson Dollar

& Video and hopped into Adam’s

1996 Monte Carlo to go to a friends

house in Mantorville to watch the


They were driving north on Highway

57 and when they got to the intersection

right outside of the high

school, Adam saw the car in front of

him quickly swerve into the ditch. It

was then that Adam saw a van driving

in the wrong lane with no headlights

on going about 70 mph.

“I had enough time to see it and

start turning my car to try to do the

same thing and go into the ditch and

the next thing I know there were

people all around the car,” Adam

said. Since the car was starting to

veer to the right, most of the impact

was on Adam’s side.

The driver of the other vehicle was

Manuel Barajas Salinas, of Hayfi eld,

had a blood alcohol limit of .23, approximately

2 ½ times over the legal

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Kasson, MN 55944

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Kasson, MN 55944


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