Lonsdale youth dies in car accident

A youth from Lonsdale, and junior at TCU High School, died in a single-vehicle accident due to icy roads on February 18.

According to TCU Superintendent Teri Preisler through a school-notification, Blake Asher died at the scene of a one-vehicle accident on Le Sueur County Road 28, east of County Road 3.

In a press release, Sheriff Brett Mason said Asher’s vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was traveling eastbound on County Road 28 when he lost control due to ice/snow packed on the road. Le Sueur County Deputies responded at approximately 4:46 p.m.

“The vehicle then slid across the westbound lane of County Road 28 entering the north ditch where the vehicle began to roll ultimately striking a tree causing severe damage to the passenger compartment of the vehicle,” he stated. “The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old male of Lonsdale, was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Mason's office also stated the investigation indicates Asher was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Blake's parents are mom and step-dad Jennifer and James Jones, and dad and step-mom Ryan and Robin Asher. Preisler also noted that Asher has siblings who attend TCU Lonsdale and an older brother who graduated from TCU last year and attends St. Olaf College.

She said students and staff were informed of the news this morning and that counseling services are on site for anyone who may need it.

“Grief counseling from our TCU School District, Le Sueur County, and Southern MN Counseling Services have been supporting students and staff throughout the day and will continue to do so in the days ahead. Our hearts go out to Blake's family and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts at this extremely difficult time,” she said.

Assisting agencies were the Montgomery Police Department, New Prague Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance Service and the Minnesota State Patrol.

The investigation is ongoing.

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