Fatal Crash on Highway 12 22 May 13

A Howard Lake man was killed in a head-on crash on Highway 12 Tuesday afternoon. 66-year-old Keith Hardel was driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser eastbound on the highway in Wright County when he apparently veered into oncoming traffic at just before 12:30pm and hit a westbound Jeep Liberty head-on. Hardel was pronounced dead at the Hennepin County Medical Center. The driver of the Jeep, 45-year-old Karrie Taylor of Hutchinson and her passenger were not injured.