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Archie Ingersoll, Forum Communications Co., Published December 03 2010

Victim of September crash at UND dies

A University of North Dakota employee who suffered a severe brain injury when he was struck by a car in September has died, according to a website maintained by his family.

Loran Carl, 74, had been in a coma since the collision on UND’s campus. He was at Bethesda Hospital, a long-term-care facility in St. Paul, when he died Wednesday.

“We feel that dad is now in a better place, not broken up and trying to heal. (Dad’s) appearance looks of one that is at peace,” reads a post on Carl’s CaringBridge site. “He Will Be Missed!”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, the site says.

On Sept. 8, Carl was crossing Campus Road on foot shortly before 8 a.m. when he was hit by a car driven by Josiah Nordmark, a 22-year-old UND student headed to class.

The crash left Carl, an employee in the carpet shop of UND’s Facilities Building, with several broken bones, along with the brain injury.

Nordmark, who was driving east, told police the glare of the morning sun prevented him from seeing Carl until it was too late.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol calculated that Nordmark’s car was going 14 to 25 mph before Carl was hit, according to an investigation report.

Last month, Grand Forks County prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges in connection with the crash.

Archie Ingersoll is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald