Minnesota: DUI driver killed Brad Bigler’s infant son in head-on crash and injured his family
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Repeat offender who killed child is identified
From Marshall Independent
MARSHALL – Shock and heartbreak struck the Brad Bigler family for the second time in a little more than a year Saturday night when Drake Phillip Bigler, the five-month-old son of the Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball coach, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Pope County.
The head-on crash occurred at 9:25 p.m. Saturday near Starbuck.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Dana Schoen, 38, of Starbuck was traveling southbound on Minnesota Highway 29 in a 2005 Dodge truck, swerved into the northbound lane and struck a 2008 GMC Acadia, driven by Brad Bigler’s wife, Heather, who swerved in an attempt to avoid the
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Alcohol use by another motorist is believed to have been a factor in a head-on crash Saturday night that critically injured Southwest Minnesota State University’s head men’s basketball coach and killed his infant son.
Drake Bigler, 5 months, died in the collision on Hwy. 29 and County Road 41 in Pope County, in western Minnesota. His father, Brad Bigler, 33, remained hospitalized Sunday at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., with broken ribs and a broken scapula, but his condition had been upgraded to stable.
Bigler’s wife, Heather, was driving an SUV north on two-lane Hwy. 29 about 9:25 p.m. Saturday when a southbound pickup truck crossed the center line, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. She swerved into the southbound lane in an attempt to avoid the oncoming pickup, but the vehicles hit head on.
Heather Bigler, 29, suffered noncritical injuries, the patrol said. Her grandmother, Sharon Schuler, 74 ….MORE