On November 13, 2021 at approximately 3:10pm the Chisago County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) began receiving 911 calls regarding a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Furuby Road at Shady Oak Trail in Shafer Township.
The initial crash investigation indicates a passenger car was traveling eastbound on Furuby Road and left the roadway. After leaving the roadway the vehicle hit a driveway embankment and rolled several times. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.
The driver of the passenger vehicle was the only occupant. Lifesaving efforts were performed by witnesses prior to emergency responders taking over. The driver was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene. He has been identified as Ryan W. Schmidt (39) of rural Taylors Falls, MN.
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash with the assistance of the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. No further specifics are currently available.
Assisting agencies included: Lakes Area Police Department, Shafer Franconia Fire Rescue, Lakes Region EMS, Life Link III and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.