2nd crash in a week after drinking kills SW. Minnesota motorist with prior DUIs

September 23, 2018

A southwestern Minnesota man crashed his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol twice in the same week, and he didn’t survive second time, authorities said.

Landon L. Evans, 22, of Revere, crossed into the wrong lane while heading east on Hwy. 14 in his hometown late Saturday afternoon and struck a semitrailer truck head-on, according to the State Patrol.

Evans was taken to North Memorial Medical Center and died, the patrol said.

Evans did not have on a seat belt and had been drinking, the patrol added.

The semi’s driver, 31-year-old Nathan W. Silbernagel, of Morgan, Minn., was not hurt.

In the earlier crash, Evans was driving late last Sunday afternoon on 450th Avenue west of Comfrey and rolled a car into the ditch, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Evans was slightly hurt, and passenger Shawn W. Burden, of Jeffers, Minn., was not injured, the Sheriff’s Office added.

He was jailed and charged Tuesday with gross-misdemeanor drunken driving. He was later released and given an Oct. 2 court date.

Evans’ criminal history in Minnesota includes drunken driving at age 19 and again at age 20, and driving after having his license revoked.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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