3 injured in separate crashes

Published 10:55 am Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Glenville man was injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle crash in Albert Lea.

Timothy Thomas Schilling, 29, was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea with at least one injury deemed not life-threatening.

Schilling was driving a 2014 GMC Acadia west on Freeborn County Road 46 when a 2007 Mini Cooper driven by Ashley Nicole Brown, 21, was coming off the southbound Interstate 35 ramp and pulled out in front of the Acadia, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Schilling reportedly slammed on his brakes to avoid a collision but struck the Mini Cooper. The Acadia was then rear-ended by a westbound 1993 Chevy pickup driven by Terry Robert Sippel, 72, of Albert Lea at 3:45 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Sippel and Brown were not injured.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and all involved were wearing their seat belts, the report states.


1 injured after being struck by car

An Albert Lea man was injured Wednesday night when he was struck by a truck in a hit-and-run crash.

Larry Alan Moran, 54, was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea with scrapes, including a large, V-shaped gash, according to Albert Lea police.

Moran was reportedly injured when he was struck by the driver’s side of a 1988 Toyota pickup believed to be driven by his nephew, Doss Manuel Hilfers, 19, of Albert Lea near Moran’s residence at 930 Jefferson Ave., according to police.

Hilfers was reportedly trying to leave the residence quickly after a separate incident. 

Moran, described as “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the crash by police, was reportedly possibly dragged by the truck, and a witness helped him after the crash.

The crash was reportedly accidental, and a witness said Hilfers drove through an alley on the west side of the house after the incident.

Hilfers has not been charged in the crash.


1 cited after car-semi crash

Police cited an 18-year-old man on Tuesday after he crashed into a semi and was injured in east Albert Lea.

Police cited Garret Dennis Hoev Piechowski, 18, for underage drinking and drinking and driving. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea with injuries deemed not life-threatening.

Piechowski reportedly told police he was traveling south on Freeborn County Road 45 at 40 to 45 mph when he reached back to grab a bag and realized the semi stopped.

He reportedly then crashed into the semi, which was making a left turn. Piechowski’s air bags deployed. 

The crash was reported at 10:33 p.m. Tuesday at 1900 Sorensen Road.

A breathalyzer was not initially conducted on Piechowski because he was taken to the hospital. He reportedly told police he drank two 16-ounce cans of beer before the crash.


See what happened last night in the PM report here.

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