Isaac Ohlemann was a typical teenage boy. He enjoyed video games, family vacations and his pets, especially a bunny name Pickles.
Ohlemann, a rising senior at Faribault High School was killed in a Tuesday afternoon crash north of Elko New Market.
According to a report by the Minnesota State Patrol, a Chrysler Town and Country van driven by Kimberly Lorraine Pirri, 43, of Elko New Market, was traveling northbound around 12:44 p.m. on Natchez Avenue when a westbound, Chevy Cavalier driven by Ohlemann, 17, entered the intersection and made contact with the van at 230th Street East.
Ohlemann was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.
He swam for the Falcons swim team his freshman year, swimming the breaststroke and freestyle, but didn’t go out for the team in either his sophomore or junior years.
Two friends, who didn’t give their names, posted a YouTube tribute to Ohlemann, calling him a “great guy” and a “great friend.”
Commenters on the video site said he was an “amazing kid” and someone “who always had a smile on his face.”
The Town and Country driver, Pirri was reportedly taken to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville with non life-threatening injuries. Pirri’s 9-year old daughter, Isababella Laura Pirri, was also riding in the van. She was uninjured.
All three were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash.
Otto and Brenda Roneker, of Faribault, were headed home when they came upon the crash just moments after it occurred. Otto Roneker said he and another man checked on the Pirris who appeared to be unharmed, but Ohlemann, who was struck on the driver’s side of the vehicle, was seriously injured.
Roneker, a father and grandfather, said he held Ohlemann’s hand until “the end,” staying with the boy until fire and rescue personnel arrived.
“I did everything I could,” he said.
Faribault Superintendent Todd Sesker said students or staff who want someone to talk to may stop by any of the schools and meet a counselor or social worker. The schools, which were hosting Parent-Teacher conferences Wednesday night, planned to have counselors available until 8 p.m. Thursday. The schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone needing assistance on Friday should call their child’s school, Sesker said, to set up an appointment.