Worthington teen killed in Wednesday crash was spring graduate

Funeral service is planned Sunday.

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A 23-month-old girl died after a crash between a pickup truck and a school bus Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Arden Hills, Minnesota. No children were on the bus at the time.
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ST. KILIAN — Erick Fuentes, 19, died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning near St. Kilian.

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Fuentes graduated in May from Worthington’s Learning Center. He was one of eight individuals involved in a crash between a 2005 Chevrolet work truck and a 1995 Chevrolet pickup. The crash was reported at approximately 8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Nobles County 15 and 18.

Six adult victims and two juvenile victims have not been identified by Nobles County law enforcement. Of the eight individuals involved, six were transported from the scene to Sanford Worthington Medical Center, and the seventh was taken to Sanford Luverne Hospital.

Visitation for Fuentes will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Worthington, with burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Nobles County Sheriff Ryan Kruger said Thursday afternoon that the crash remains under investigation.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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