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Crash claims life of Backus woman

Caitlyn "Caity" E. Daudt

A 21-year-old Backus woman who was valedictorian of the Pine River-Backus High School class of 2011 died Thursday, July 31, in a car accident in Pine River.

Caitlyn "Caity" E. Daudt died in the two-vehicle collision.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the collision occurred at the intersection of 24th Street and 16th Avenue Southwest in Pine River. Ryan Kline of Pine River was driving a 1996 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on County Road 1 when a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Daudt's mother, Sandra Strausser, failed to yield the right-of-way and collided with Kline, according to the State Patrol. Kline's vehicle struck the passenger side where Daudt was seated.

Strausser was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale in serious condition. Kline was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for non-life threatening injuries.

Daudt earned her Associates Degree in 2011 and a Bachelor's Degree in broadfield sciences and biology with a minor in earth sciences in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. Daudt was employed as an apprentice at the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District.

Services were Aug. 6 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.