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Evansville man, 9-year-old passenger killed in crash near Perham

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A 32-year-old Evansville man was one of two victims killed in a crash with a semitrailer near Perham on Monday.

Joshua W. Lawson of Evansville, the driver of a Chevrolet Impala, was killed, along with his front-seat passenger, 9-year-old Kara Westhoff of Troy, Missouri.

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The crash happened at about 11:30 p.m. on July 5.

According to the State Patrol, the Impala was going south on Otter Tail County Road 80 and was approaching a stop sign when it pulled into the path of a 1996 Ford semitrailer that was traveling west on Highway 10.

The other driver was Curtis M. Sonnek, 29, of Princeton.

The Impala was struck broadside in the driver's door area and both vehicles ended up in the median of Highway 10.

Both Lawson and Westhoff were pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger in the Impala, Luke Westhoff, 10, suffered injuries that were not life threatening, according to the State Patrol.

Sonnek wasn't injured.

Everyone in the accident was wearing seat belts.

The crash happened near milepost 68 on the eastern edge of Perham.

Responding units included the New York Mills Police Department, Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office and the Perham Police Department. Perham Ambulance and the Perham Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

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