Winsted teen dies in accident north of Howard Lake

November 5, 2007

By Lynda Jensen

A Winsted teenager is dead following a one-car accident north of Howard Lake just after midnight Oct. 27.

Danny Thane Fry of Winsted, 17, was found dead near his rolled vehicle located along Wright County Road 7 near the T intersection by County Road 107, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior the accident, Fry attracted attention to himself when he drove past a Howard Lake Police squad car along Highway 12 on the east side of town, going 67 mph in a 30 mph speed zone, according to Police Chief Dan Lang.

“The officer turned around to follow him,” Lang said. Howard Lake officer Eric Anderson was working that night.

Fry was driving a four-door 1999 Chrysler 300M eastbound, which is registered to Thane Fry of Winsted, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

From Highway 12, Fry turned northbound onto Wright County Road 7.

Anderson never got close enough to see the occupants or a license plate, Lang said.

Anderson followed the taillights north until they disappeared. “There didn’t seem to be any attempt at braking,” Lang said.

At the accident scene, Anderson saw the car upside down and requested assistance. Initially, law enforcement couldn’t find a driver or occupant, but then found Fry in a nearby field.

Lt. Dan Anselment noted that Fry wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

As is the case with all fatal accidents, the State Patrol will perform a reconstruction of the accident using a computerized mapping device.

Toxicology results from the driver’s blood sample have not come back yet, but officials do not suspect alcohol at this time.