17-year-old girl dies from injuries weeks after crash near Duluth

An off-road 4-wheel drive utility all-terrain vehicle on a dirt road. (Photo by: Jon G. Fuller/VW Pics /Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

A 17-year-old girl died weeks after being critically injured in an off-road vehicle crash just north of Duluth earlier this month.

The girl, identified as Emma Jean Malmquist of Duluth, died on May 19 after crashing while riding on a side-by-side with three others, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. 

Just before 10 p.m. on Monday, May 6, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a crash of a side-by-side off-road vehicle crash near North Pike Lake Road and Helm Creek Road in Canosia Township. Officials said there were four riders on the same machine, and all were hurt in the crash and taken to Duluth-area hospitals. 

In addition to Malmquist, who later died, three others — an 18-year-old woman, a 23-year-old woman, and a 27-year-old man — suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

The incident remains under investigation and has been referred to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office initially said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash.