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MU student dies after two-car collision in Wisconsin

Sunday, August 19, 2012 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 4:16 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — An MU student died Saturday morning following a two-car collision Monday afternoon near Minocqua, Wis.

The Peoria Journal Star reported that Timothy "Kelly" Needham, 21, died after spending nearly a week in a hospital in Wausau, Wis.

Needham of Peoria, Ill., was riding in a car driven by John Pearl, 21, when it collided with a flatbed truck at about 2:40 p.m. Monday near Minocqua, a popular vacation destination in northern Wisconsin. The truck's driver, Robert Lemmer, 50, of Hazelhurst, Wis., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Minocqua Police Department.

Needham was airlifted from the scene to Aspirus Wausau Hospital, about an hour south of Minocqua, where he had been listed in critical condition, according to the Peoria Journal Star. Pearl, also of Peoria, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Needham was a senior at MU majoring in business administration, according to the MU student directory. He also worked at the MU Student Recreation Complex and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, according to his Facebook page.

The Missourian will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


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