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Lawsuit filed in fatal crash on U.S. 52

By Dawn Schuett

schuett@postbulletin.com

RED WING — A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed in Goodhue District Court on behalf of the family of a Winona man killed in a traffic crash nearly a year ago.

Lucas P. Haase, 24, died May 6 in an accident along U.S. 52 in Cannon Falls. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by William Robert Bump.

Bump’s southbound vehicle had stopped on U.S. 52 near Goodhue County Road 24 at Cannon Falls. According to the lawsuit, Bump’s vehicle was rear-ended by a truck driven by David Henry Hilfer and owned by Sunstone Hotel Properties Inc., doing business as Textile Care Services. Sunstone operates Textile Care Services of Rochester, a commercial laundry, along with several local hotels.

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Hilfer and Sunstone Hotel Properties are defendants in the lawsuit, which names Karen B. Hoover, trustee for the heirs and next of kin of Haase, as the plaintiff.

The lawsuit, filed in March, alleges Hilfer was driving the truck in a "careless, reckless and negligent manner causing it to crash into the rear of the stopped vehicle" in which Haase was a passenger.

Haase’s family seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

A hearing in the case has not been scheduled.

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