Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - ONLINE EDITION

Trip to U.S. fatal for Winnipeg family

Karla Mackenzie, seen in a photo with her husband Steven Conner and their three-year-old daughter, suffered fatal injuries in a crash last Saturday.

Enlarge Image

Karla Mackenzie, seen in a photo with her husband Steven Conner and their three-year-old daughter, suffered fatal injuries in a crash last Saturday. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

It was supposed to be a fun post-Christmas getaway for two Winnipeg families.

But a series of tragic events on a North Dakota highway during a blinding snowstorm have left one woman dead and two children seriously injured.

Karla Mackenzie, 33, suffered fatal injuries after an SUV she was a passenger in was struck from behind by a semi-truck on Interstate 29 near Drayton last Saturday afternoon.

Her three-year-old daughter was airlifted to a hospital in Minneapolis, where she remains. Her husband, Steven Conner, was driving the vehicle and suffered minor injuries.

Two other passengers inside the vehicle were also hurt. Family friend Allison Lau and her three-year-old daughter also remain in hospital.

The driver of the semi, who is also from Winnipeg, was not injured.

Allison Lau is listed in stable condition, while police would not comment on the condition or prognosis of the two children. However, they noted both girls were airlifted to Minneapolis while Lau was taken by ambulance to a Grand Forks hospital.

Deputy Marcus Ramsay of the Pembina County Sheriff’s Department told the Free Press Thursday the investigation is in the early stages and no charges have been laid.

Although the highway remained opened, conditions were terrible because of heavy snow and wind and a "no-travel advisory" had been issued. Ramsay said it appears the SUV had slowed, or perhaps even stopped, on the highway when it was struck from behind by the semi.

"It happened on a part of the highway where there would have been no reason to stop," said Ramsay

The deadly crash happened only a short time after another collision involving Allison Lau, her husband Ho and their daughter, according to friends.

The trio had escaped injury after their vehicle was hit by a truck on the snowy highway. Ho Lau agreed to stay by their damaged vehicle waiting for a tow truck to arrive while his wife and daughter went with Steven Conner, Karla Mackenzie and her daughter, who were travelling nearby and saw the initial crash.

The plan, apparently, was to stop at a nearby hotel and wait out the weather. But they never made it.

Both families were on their way to Minneapolis, friends told the Free Press on Thursday.

Mackenzie worked at Boeing, and dozens of online tributes were being posted following her death.

"They are the absolute sweetest people," said Winnipeg lawyer Josh Weinstein, who is a family friend. Mackenzie’s father-in-law was Arnold Conner, a long-time Manitoba judge who died in December 2010.

www.mikeoncrime.com

History

Updated on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:25 AM CST:
Adds image.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Election 2014
Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media