Three Killed in Willmar Crash 20 Aug 12

Family and friends across the globe are mourning three members of a family killed when a pickup truck crashed head-on into their minivan near Willmar.

The Friday night crash killed 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman, her 8-year-old daughter, Julia, and Hoffman’s mother-in-law, 68-year-old Marta Stoffers of Atwater, who was driving. The crash also critically injured Hoffman’s 5-year-old son, Jason.

The Hoffmans are from Eden Prairie but were living in Oman, where Michelle Hoffman and her husband, Michael Hoffman worked at the American International School of Muscat. They came home to visit friends and relatives. They were due to return overseas for one more year in a few days.

The driver of the pickup, 21-year-old Paul Wickenhauser of Norwood, was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, treated for minor injuries, and is now in the Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar. The state patrol says alcohol was detected in his system.

The collision occured between Willmar and Kandiyohi near County Road 127.