Published January 23, 2023

Names Released in Velva Double Fatal 

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North Dakota Highway Patrol 

What: Two-person fatality crash  

Where: Highway 52 near mile marker 115, Approx. 1 mile north of Velva, ND  

When: January 22nd, 2023, at approximately 4:25 pm CST  

Road Conditions: Dry  

Weather Conditions: Clear  

Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs. Vehicle  

Type of Crash: Head on  

Agencies Involved: North Dakota Highway Patrol, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Velva Fire Department, Sawyer Fire Department, and Velva Ambulance.  

Vehicle No. 1: 2006 Mazda Tribute  

Driver No. 1: Robb Labonte, 32-year-old male, Minot, ND, Fatal Injuries. 

 Restraints: No seatbelt in use  

Vehicle No. 2: 1997 Buick Le Sabre  

Driver No. 2: Christopher Brewer, 41-year-old male, Velva, ND, Fatal Injuries.  

Restraints: No seatbelt in use  

NARRATIVE: The Mazda was traveling southeast bound on Highway 52 and crossed into the opposite lane. The Buick Le Sabre was traveling northwest bound and was struck by the Mazda head on. Both drivers sustained fatal injuries and were taken by ambulance to Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND.  

Crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. 

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