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Family, friends mourn loss of Owatonna woman killed in Model T rollover

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Loved ones of the Owatonna, Minn. woman who was killed in a 1914 Model T rollover accident in Utah can't believe she's gone.

Brad Kubat, a long-time friend and neighbor of 51-year-old Karen Johnson said he's in "total shock." His son was also in the rollover at Zion National Park in Utah on Friday.

Johnson was president of the T Totalers, a Minnesota-based Model T owner group with a passion for touring the country. The group was participating in a national Model T event in Utah when the rollover occurred.

"Karen loved everybody, she was that type of person who had a love for life and people," Kubat said.

That love included cars, new and old. From her Corvette to her nearly 100-year old Fords.

With her son driving, police say there was a problem with one of the wheels, and the vintage car with no seatbelts installed veered off the road and flipped. Everyone was ejected, including brad's son Lance Kubat who suffered a significant head injury.

"Lance had a fractured skull and the hospital in Utah wasn't equipped to deal with the injury, so as a precaution he was airlifted to Las Vegas Sunrise Hospital," Kubat said.

"I talked to him earlier today -- in good spirits. Obviously shaken up by the death of his other mom," Kubat said.

Lance Kubat is expected to make a full physical recovery, but emotionally, he has a long way to go, as to all of Johnson's loved ones.

"I was thinking about this earlier. Is she more of an angel or more hero? She was both and then some. Just a fantastic woman," Brad Kubat said.

"She loved to help people, to be there to help people and she wanted to save lives. It's just so ironic that her life could not be saved," he said.

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