Marshall city attorney not pursuing charges in crash

MARSHALL — The Marshall City Attorney’s Office will not be filing criminal charges in a fatal crash that happened at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 59 in September, City Attorney Dennis Simpson said.

Simpson said Tuesday that the city attorney’s office had been reviewing the crash and discussing it with the Marshall Police Department. The Sept. 20 crash involved four vehicles and led to the deaths of two 94-year-old Marshall residents. Marjorie Sorenson died Sept. 21 as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Sorenson’s husband, Warren Saetre, died Sept. 26. Saetre and Sorenson were both passengers in one of the vehicles in the crash.

Police sent a report to the city attorney’s office for consideration of criminal charges in connection with the crash. In an incident like the crash, Simpson said, the city attorney’s office could file misdemeanor charges. However, he said, after reviewing the case, “criminal charges were not warranted.”

The crash was mentioned at Tuesday’s meeting of the Marshall City Council. Council members asked whether the timing of the left turn arrows in the traffic signals at the 23/59 and 23/Highway 19 intersections in Marshall was causing confusion. The left turn arrows don’t turn green at the same time as the other traffic lights at the intersections, they said.

Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson said he would ask the Minnesota Department of Transportation about the signal timing.