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Minneapolis man killed in a crash in Garfield Township

A Minneapolis man is dead after a multi-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Garfield Township.

Jason O'Malley, 24, was declared dead at the scene after his motorcycle crashed into a vehicle driven by Christopher Lyman, 38, of Amery, and then into a caravan driven by Juanita Lauritsen, 55, Balsam Lake.

The crash happened at about 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. O'Malley was northbound on Highway 65 and Lyman was eastbound on County Road F when the two vehicles collided, according to a release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. O'Malley then struck the caravan, which was headed southbound on Highway 65. Lance Lauritsen, 25, of Prairie Farm, was a passenger in the caravan.

After the initial collisions, O'Malley's motorcycle continued northbound and hit another vehicle, driven by James Stauner, 38, St. Croix Falls. A passenger in his vehicle, Allison Stauner, 6, was transported to Regions Hospital where she was treated and released.

After colliding with O'Malley, Lyman left the scene, traveling northbound on Highway 65 without his front driver's side tire. Witnesses to the crash followed him.

A Polk County Sheriff's Deputy detained Lyman roughly 2.5 miles north of the crash scene. The deputy observed Lyman had an odor of intoxicants and had no explanation of what had occurred or why he left the scene, according to the release.

Lyman was arrested for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and transported to a nearby hospital for blood draw. Lyman was later booked into the Polk County Jail on felony charges.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dresser/Osceola/Garfield Fire Department, Amery Ambulance Service and Life Link Paramedics responded to the scene.

Sunday's fatal crash is the fifth fatality on Polk County highways this year and the third motorcycle fatality for 2009.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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