The men's basketball coach at Southwest Minnesota State University is in critical condition after a crash in western Minnesota that killed his 5-month-old son. The driver of the other vehicle was arrested on supicion of Felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide, as alcohol was likely involved.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the coach, 33-year-old Brad Bigler, is hospitalized in Sioux Falls, S.D. Five-month-old Drake Phillip Bigler was killed, and two other occupants were injured.
SMSU athletic director Chris Hmielewski said Sunday the coach broke several ribs and a shoulder blade.
The State Patrol says the crash occurred in Pope County on Saturday evening. Authorities say a Starbuck man swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the vehicle driven by Bigler's wife. Heather Bigler suffered minor injuries while her 74-year-old grandmother was left in critical condition.
The arrested driver, Dana
Schoen, 38, of Starbuck, Minn. is being held in Douglas County Jail at this time (Pope County no longer has a facility). He is
being held for Felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and as a standard protocol
there is a 48 hour hold on him.