Bar owner in fatal crash was drunk

Published 4:16 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Bend in The Road owner who died in April after a head-on collision on Minnesota Highway 13 had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, according to a Minnesota State Patrol official.


State Patrol Sgt. Christina Krueger said 47-year-old Michael Skov — known to many as “Bass” — had “acute alcohol intoxication,” but she could not verify whether this was the cause of the crash.

Acute alcohol intoxication is a clinically harmful condition that follows the ingestion of a large amount of alcohol, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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Other medical sources have referred to acute alcohol intoxication as alcohol poisoning.

Krueger said Skov ultimately died from a medical condition not related to the crash, but she could not expand on whether the intoxication was related to the medical incident. His blood-alcohol level has not been released.

Krueger said more information is expected to be released pending the reconstruction of the crash, which is under way. She did not give a timeline on when this would be completed.

According to reports, Skov was driving a 1993 Buick LeSabre north on Highway 13 about 1 1/2 miles north of Albert Lea on April 14 when he crossed into the southbound lane and collided head on with a 2008 Cadillac CTS.

The driver of the Cadillac and his two passengers were all treated and released from Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

According to the State Patrol, the roads were wet at the time of the crash, which took place just after 10:30 p.m. during a period of rain.

The State Patrol has given some preliminary results to families of victims. Rumors have circulated through the community, primarily on Skov’s blood-alcohol content, circumstances of the evening and cause of death. Still, a clear report remains unavailable to the general public.