Well-regarded OB/GYN physician dies in motorcycle crash
by Tim Hennagir
Dr. Eric Lefebvre, an active member of the CentraCare Healt –Monticello medical staff for nearly two decades and one of the area’s most well-regarded clinic-based obstetrics and gynecology physicians, died Saturday in a motorcycle crash in French Lake Township, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.
The crash occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m. at 17205 46th St. N,W, in French Lake Township, Sheriff Joe Hagerty reported in a news release issued Monday.
Wright County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene after receiving a 911 of an accident involving a motorcycle and a golf cart.
Hagerty said Lefebvre, 51, Buffalo, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Lefebvre was wearing a helmet. The driver and lone occupant of the golf cart, Korie Schiel, 39, of Chaska, was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by South Haven rescue and Allina Ambulance Service. The crash is under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our major crimes unit did do the initial mapping of this accident,” said Capt. Todd Hoffman with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. “This accident is still under investigation. We are still completing reports. Everything we have will be submitted for review to the Wright County Attorney’s Office.”
Golf carts are considered low-powered vehicles according to state law, Hoffman said. “Cities, townships and counties can adopt ordinances allowing the use of such low-powered vehicles on roadways that they control,” he said. “We do have some cities in Wright County allowing such use of golf carts. In this area, the county does not have a low-power vehicle ordinance. By statue, it’s not allowed on a roadway. They are allowed to cross a roadway, but they can’t travel along roads.”
Mary Ellen Wells, CentraCare Health –Monticello administrator, provided the following statement regarding Lefebvre’s death:
“Our hearts are heavy today with news of his loss. He ushered many new babies into this world and shared in their parents’ joy; he cared for and consoled his patients when pregnancies ended unexpectedly; and he helped many women with his surgical skills. We were saddened to hear of his death and will miss seeing him walk our hallways in his scrubs with his easy-going, caring style.”
Wells said Lefebvre’s touched the lives of his patients, impacted families in the community and partnered with hospital staff to deliver compassionate patient-centered care. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Lefebvre’s family and friends,” Wells added.
Douglas Hanson, CEO of Buffalo, Monticello and Albertville-St. Michael clinics, also provided a statement regarding Lefebvre’s death:
“The physicians and employees of Buffalo Clinic, Monticello Clinic and Albertville – St. Michael Clinic are deeply saddened by his death,” Hanson said. “Dr. Lefebvre always wore protective gear, including a helmet, which was the case when the accident occurred. He was doing something that brought him great joy.”
The clinic is contacting Dr. Lefebvre’s patients to coordinate their care with the other OB/GYN physicians at Buffalo and Monticello clinics.
“Dr. Lefebvre joined Monticello Clinic in 1997 and has been delivering exceptional women’s health care in Wright County communities for more than 17 years,” Hanson stated. “He was a tremendous physician, showing great care, compassion and dedication to so many patients in our communities. Our hearts and prayers are with the Lefebvre family.”
Lefebvre is survived by his wife, Deborah and four children: Sophie, Samuel, Henry and Lucy. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Visitation will be Thursday, July 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Private family services will be at a later date.
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