No charges against Minn. officer in fatal crash 27 Jan 12

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) – A New Ulm police officer won’t face charges for a fatal squad car crash last summer.

The Journal ( reports a Brown County grand jury declined to indict Officer Matthew Rasmussen after hearing evidence this week.

Special prosecutor, Redwood County Attorney Steven Collins, says the grand jury considered a number of felony and misdemeanor counts but issued a “no-bill” on each count.

New Ulm City Attorney Hugh Nierengarten says the city is pleased with the grand jury results. He calls the crash a “terrible tragedy.”

Eighty-two-year-old Myra Meyer of New Ulm and her 60-year-old son, Brian Wichmann of Mankato, died last July after their Mercury Sable was struck by a squad car driven by Rasmussen. The accident report says Meyer was trying to turn left into a driveway when the car was hit.

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