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BRIEF: Names released in fatal Oil Patch crash

ALEXANDER — The names of those involved in a fatal accident in McKenzie County have been released.

Bretton Gimse of Union Grove, Wis., was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt at approximately 7:10 a.m. Tuesday about 5 miles south on U.S. Highway 85. Jennifer Aguilar from Hallstead, Pa., who was traveling north on the highway, attempted to turn left onto 34th Street Northwest in a Chevrolet Silverado, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Gimse, 21, struck Aguilar’s pickup’s front passenger side before coming to a rest in the southbound lane.

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Within moments, 48-year-old Fritze Flottman, from Addy, Wash., traveling south in a 2007 Ford F-550 hauling pipe on a flatbed hit Gimse’s car on the passenger side. Both vehicles came to rest in the southbound lane.

Gimse was transported to Mercy Hospital in Williston, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing his seatbelt. His vehicle was totaled.

Aguilar, 32, and her passenger, 17-year-old Dustin Arment-Austin from Tucson, Ariz., were injured. Both were wearing seatbelts. The pickup sustained front and passenger-side damage.

Flottman was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. The vehicle had front-end damage.


  1. Prayers to all families and first responders!

    • Lisa Marie Crawley

      Thank you George Palmer for your prayers. Brett is my first born son. That morning forever changed my life. My heart is forever broken. Losing a child is the hardest thing in life a parent has to go through. I miss him so much. I still expect him to come home sometimes. It’s so hard to believe. I was so proud to be his mother. He was so adventitious, loving, compassionate and helped others out so much. He was the love of my life.

  2. Oh..my prayers go out to all involved and their families,,what a tragic accident..

  3. Prayers to all involved…what a horrible accident

  4. Very sad. RIP. Please slow down and arrive alive.

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