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Akin Road accident victim dies

A Farmington woman has died as a result of injuries sustained in a Jan. 4, 2009 accident near Farmington Lutheran Church.

Mineva Fritze, 86, died at 12:35 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, at Regions Hospital, where she had been in intensive care since the previous week's accident.

According to the Farmington police report, Mineva was a passenger in the 2009 Chevrolet driven by her 84-year-old husband, Dean. The couple was southbound on Akin Road, near Farmington Lutheran Church just after 10 a.m.

Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist said the road conditions were "extremely icy and snow-packed." Dean Fritze apparently lost control of the car on the ice, and the car slipped sideways on Akin Road. The passenger side, where Mineva was sitting, was hit by a northbound 1996 Dodge Intrepid driven by 22-year-old Daniel Yaeger, also of Farmington.

Dean and Mineva Fritze were transported to Regions Hospital, where Dean remains for treatment for, among other injuries, two broken vertebrae. Mineva died Sunday after her kidneys and liver functions shut down, according to the updates posted by her family on the Caring Bridge web site.

A funeral service for Mickey will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, with a 9:30 a.m. visitation. Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are being handled by Czaplewski Funeral Home of Hayfield.

Dean Fritze was the former superintendent of schools in Hayfield, where the couple lived prior to moving to Farmington.

Yaeger received minor injuries. He was evaluated at the scene. According to Farmington police, Mineva Fritze and Yaeger were wearing their seatbelts, but it was unclear whether Dean was.

A busy week

The Fritze accident was just one of eight that Farmington officers responded to last week, according to the department's weekly incident report. Police responded to three personal injury accidents and five property damage motor vehicle accidents Jan. 3-9.

Lindquist said the accidents can be blamed on weather and road conditions.

"We get some snow, we get some ice. Vehicles pack that snow down on the roads and it causes some treacherous conditions," he said. "(Drivers should) slow down, keep your seatbelts on and be very mindful of other drivers."