LAKE PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP — Randall Thom, 60, of Lakefield was killed in two-vehicle crash Monday evening, according to a crash report posted by the Minnesota State Patrol.
Thom was driving his 2007 Toyota Sienna southbound on Minnesota 169 when he and a southbound 1994 Ford pickup driven by James Mollenhauer, 67, of Le Sueur, collided near mile marker 74. Mollenhauer was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and Thom died as a result of the crash.
The Minnesota State Patrol noted that Thom was not wearing a seatbelt and had been drinking.
The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office and St. Peter Fire also responded to the scene.
Thom was in the national news last year after his dog, named Mr. Donald Trump, was shot by a neighbor. While Thom claimed the dog's death was politically motivated, both the neighbor and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said the dog had been killed after repeatedly causing a nuisance to the neighbor's livestock.
Thom was an avid supporter of the president and often traveled great distances to attend Trump campaign events. Most recently, he appeared at the June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma and helped organize the Sept. 19 Trump rally in Worthington.
When U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn learned of Thom's death, he memorialized the Lakefield resident on his Facebook page.
"Randall Thom was a larger-than-life person who lived life to the fullest," Hagedorn wrote. "Randall loved America, Donald J. Trump and was always so very kind to me. We will forever miss our friend and Patriot!"