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$2.25 million: Family of Pipestone man receiving wrongful death settlement

WORTHINGTON -- A $2.25 million settlement has been reached for the wrongful death of a Pipestone man who died in a two-vehicle crash last April. The Worthington law firm of Malters, Shepherd & Von Holtum represented the family of Maynard Woge...

WORTHINGTON - A $2.25 million settlement has been reached for the wrongful death of a Pipestone man who died in a two-vehicle crash last April.

The Worthington law firm of Malters, Shepherd & Von Holtum represented the family of Maynard Wogen, who was killed in the April 24, 2015, crash. Wogen was driving a 2001 Audi A6 eastbound on Minnesota 30 when he was struck broadside by a southbound 2012 International semi truck driven by Bryan Brazeal, 41, of Gordo, Ala. Brazeal, who was not injured, had failed to stop at the stop sign on Pipestone County 18.
As part of the settlement, the parties agreed to keep the names of the defendant, its attorneys and insurers confidential. An Internet search at the Daily Globe revealed that Brazeal, as an employee of Paschall Truck Lines (PTL), was listed in that company’s April 2015 newsletter, The Fine Line, on an “Accident Report” page.
“The following accidents and incidents resulted in a loss of $1,000 or more during the last reporting period. All of these accidents/incidents were preventable,” states the top of the “Accident Report” page in the newsletter. Brazeal’s name is listed under “trainees” and includes an accident listed as “miscellaneous” with a cost of $1,231.77. The date of the accident listed in the newsletter is not given.
The settlement will be distributed among six parties, with the bulk - $1,325,887.43 - going to Colleen Wogen, Wogen’s widow. James E. Malters, who represented Colleen Wogen in the case, added that he believes the settlement may be the largest of its kind financially, in the region, in recent years.
A key element of the settlement is ensuring that a 20-year-old special-needs daughter of the Wogens is provided for financially.

“They have a daughter … with substantial emotional and physical needs,” Malters explained. “She’s institutionalized … and she will often contact her parents once or twice a day and end up coming home once or twice a month. Mrs. Wogen, by losing her husband, now has to handle care for (the daughter) by herself, as her dad used to be the one who would get her all the time and drive to Mankato to pick her up.”
As a result of the settlement, Malters said a special needs trust will eventually be set up to ensure that the Wogens’ daughter receives the care she needs for the duration of her life.
“Maynard Wogen was a wonderful person,” Malters said. “He was employed at Monogram Foods in Chandler, and a two-page letter was read at this funeral by the president of the company. ... He was well-loved, and the Wogens are a wonderful family.”

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