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Sanborn man charged in crash that left superintendent paralyzed

A Sanborn man has been charged with felony criminal vehicular operation, stemming from a two-vehicle accident in May 2019 that critically injured the superintendent of the Red Rock Central school district.

Vincent Irlbeck, 51, was charged in Redwood County last week. He also faces gross misdemeanor charges of criminal vehicular operation, reckless driving and careless driving.

Irlbeck is accused of running a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 14 and Knox Avenue, between Sanborn and Lamberton, and crashing into a Dodge Caravan owned by the RRC School District that was eastbound on Highway 14.

Bruce Olson, 64 of Lamberton, was a passenger in the van and was the superintendent of the RRC school district at the time of the accident. He sustained head injuries, a broken spinal cord and a broken neck. He was left paralyzed by the accident.

According to the complaint, the accident took place in an open area with no agricultural fields, with clear weather. The complaint said Irlbeck told the State Patrol that he travels Knox Avenue multiple times a day and was aware there are stop signs.

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