Willmar Crash Kills Man With Pregnant Fiancée

WILLMAR, Minn. (WCCO) — The Christmas Eve crash that killed a 29-year-old man has also left behind his nearly nine-month pregnant fiancée.

Tedeux Yang, 37, is still very shaken from the news that her fiance, Justin Gustafson, was killed in a car accident, her sister Siva said Monday.

The couple lived in Redwood Falls, Minn.

Siva said Gustafson’s funeral services will be on Wednesday in Isanti. His father and step mother were also hurt in the crash.

Siva said they went to visit the Gustafson’s in the hospital Sunday night and the father, John, and stepmom, Patricia, are both doing well. John broke both legs in the accident and has pins and rods in his legs but the doctors say he should make a full recovery. Patricia broke her pelvis and has bruising from the seat belt, Siva said.

The family was headed from Redwood Falls to Wyoming, Minn. to visit a cousin in the hospital with Leukemia when the crash occurred. Siva said John was driving, Justin was in the front seat and Patricia was in the back.

She also said her sister Tedeux was supposed to go with them but decided against it because she was afraid sitting in the car that long would be too uncomfortable. She is eight and a half months pregnant with a baby girl and due Jan. 21. Siva said the girl will be named Justina.

Justin was taking online classes at Rochester Technical College for medical transcription and only had two semesters left, Siva said.

Authorities say the teenage boy that allegedly caused the crash could be charged. Investigators say the 15-year-old ran a red light near Willmar on Saturday morning.

His SUV then hit a truck, causing it to roll onto two other cars at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 71.

The State Patrol said the 15-year-old boy did have a driver’s license. He could face charges for his role in the crash, though none have been filed so far.

The State Patrol has not released the teen’s identity.


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