UPDATE: Names released in fatal New Year’s crash


UPDATE: A crash in Kalmar Township on New Year’s Eve that killed a 60-year-old Byron man is still under investigation.

Authorities say it happened just before midnight in the 8000 block of Valley High Road NW. Daniel Pyfferoen, 60, was reportedly driving a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta and was struck by a 2012 Ford Focus driven by 19-year-old Jordan Wilde, of Byron, head on. Pyfferoen was pronounced dead at the scene.

After preliminary investigation, authorities believe Wilde crossed the centerline and struck the other car. He reportedly admitted at the crash scene to smoking marijuana.

Previous coverage below. 

OLMSTED CO., MN – One person has died after a crash in rural Olmsted County on New Year’s Eve.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and the Byron Fire Department Rescue responded to a report of a head-on crash on the 8000 block of Valleyhigh Road NW in Kalmar Township around 10:15 p.m. When they arrived on scene they found a 60-year-old male from Byron who had passed away. The other driver was a a 19-year-old male, also from Byron, whose condition is unknown at this time.

More information is expected to be released on Tuesday.

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