The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 2, 2012

South Bend crash turns fatal

MANKATO — A man sent to the hospital after a head-on crash in South Bend Township Wednesday has died.

A deputy responding to the incident also was injured when his squad car crashed as he was heading out of Mankato.

Marvin Carl Bindig, 88, of the Good Thunder area was pronounced dead at the hospital in Mankato at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. He had been taken to the hospital by ambulance after the Blue Earth County Road 69 crash, which was reported at about 6:40 p.m.

Bindig was driving west on the highway, also known as Cut Rock Road, when he apparently crossed the center line and hit an oncoming 1996 Oldsmobile driven by 20-year-old Courtney Boeck of St. Peter, a Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department report said. A third vehicle, driven by 44-year-old Dennis Kleinow of rural Mankato, was traveling behind Boeck and also hit Boeck’s car.

Boeck, Kleinow and a 1-year-old boy in Boeck’s car, Isaac Fletcher, were not taken to the hospital, the report said.

A deputy responding to the South Bend Township incident, Carl Mulder, was taken to the hospital after he crashed his squad car while driving on Stadium Road in Mankato. That crash was reported at about 6:45 p.m.

Mulder was traveling west down the Stadium Road hill toward Stoltzman Road when he lost control of the squad car, said Sheriff’s Department Capt. Rich Murry. The squad car, which was heavily damaged and will likely be totaled, went up the south curb at a curve in the road. Mulder also hit a patch of sand and oil, Murry said.

Mulder was treated for a whiplash-type injury and a sprain before being released from the hospital Wednesday night.

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