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2 still hospitalized after crash near Carleton College; funeral information released

Posted by: Curt Brown Updated: March 3, 2014 - 3:53 PM

The driver of the vehicle involved in Friday’s deadly crash near Carleton College in Northfield remained hospitalized Monday. Three fellow students were killed and a fourth friend was seriously injured when their Toyota 4Runner spun out on an icy road and slammed into an oncoming truck.

Hennepin County Medical Center officials said driver Williams Sparks, 20, of Evanston, Ill., was in satisfactory condition while Conor J. Eckert, 19, of Seattle, remained in serious condition. Killed in the crash were James Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton M. Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.

The families of the injured young men released the following statement through the hospital: “We want to thank the many people, especially the Carleton College staff and students, who have been so supportive to us during this difficult time. James, Paxton and Michael were dear friends to Conor and William. They were outstanding, remarkable young men who made this world a better place. Please keep their families and friends in your prayers.”

Visitation for Adams will be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bradshaw Funeral Home at 678 S. Snelling Av. in St. Paul. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Av., in St. Paul.

“James had a sparkle in his eye, an ever-present smile, and an infectious laugh,” according to an obituary on the funeral home’s website. “He was always a leader, making and welcoming new friends into his communities.

“His determination to succeed on the playing field and in the classroom was matched only by the compassion he showed toward others who might have felt left out. His death leaves a huge void in the lives of both his family and his many friends.”

Funeral arrangements for Harvieux were pending. A memorial service for Goodgame will be held on Thursday in Westport, Conn.

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