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Two Harbors man killed when vehicle hits pole

Police believe the driver of a vehicle that hit a utility pole Saturday, Nov. 25, in Two Harbors experienced a medical emergency before the accident.

Terrance Gerard, 63, of Two Harbors was found dead in his vehicle after he hit a utility pole in the alley north of the 1600 block of Eighth Avenue in the Segog neighborhood.

According to the Two Harbors Police Department, they believe Gerard experienced a medical emergency, which caused the vehicle to hit a utility pole. The call came in at 2:16 p.m.

"The reporting party said there was significant damage done to the pole, but didn't see anybody in the car," Assistant Police Chief Rick Hogenson said.

Upon arrival, Hogenson said the officers noticed Gerard was slumped over in the driver's seat and had no pulse. An autopsy is being conducted. Lake County Ambulance Service, Lake County Sheriff's Office and medical examiner also responded to the scene.

According to Gerard's obituary, he was a mechanic for several businesses and later became self-employed. He also enjoyed going to breakfast at Judy's Cafe for his morning coffee and "was a wonderful listener who was supportive of his friends."

Gerard is survived by his daughter, three grandchildren, his companion of 42 years, Theressa Bredow, and her two children.

A visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. followed by a service Saturday, Dec. 2, at Cavallin Funeral Home in Two Harbors.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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