Fatal Crash in St. Michael, Minnesota

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Last weekend brought to light again the need for stiffer penalties for drunk driving. There was another needless death. A multiple repeat-offender was apparently driving drunk again, crashed into a vehicle, killing the 17-year-old driver.

Todd Lifto, 44, drove his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup the wrong way on County Road 35, with no headlights — and speeding. He crashed into the 1998 Toyota Camry that Jonathon Kramnic was driving. Jonathon was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, where he died Sunday.

The crash occurred on Saturday about 6:30 p.m., on County 35, near Jamison Avenue, in St. Michael. Lifto was charge on Wednesday with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. One of the counts is based on the use of alcohol before the crash, according to Tom Kelly, the Wright County Attorney. The drunk driving charges have not been filed, pending the test results.

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In a case like this, the victim’s family can file for punitive damages as well as a wrongful death beneficiary claim. The laws regarding Minnesota Wrongful Death are complex. It is vital to retain an experienced, knowledgeable law firm to represent you in your Minnesota wrongful death claim.

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  • pain and suffering
  • funeral expenses
  • burial expenses

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  • loss of services, protection, care
  • loss of companionship
  • loss of advice

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