Minn. Teen To Stand Trial Following Fatal Wreck

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota teen will stand trial on charges stemming from a crash last spring that left three classmates dead and a fourth with serious injuries.

A Winona County judge found probable cause Friday for the 17-year-old Lewiston-Altura High School student to stand trial.

The boy is charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm.

Deputies say a 16-year-old girl was driving a vehicle that clipped the boy’s pickup when she tried to pass him at 90 mph. Her vehicle rolled in a ditch. She and two girls in her vehicle died, and a fourth was hurt.

KAGE says a judge will rule next month whether the case will stay in juvenile court or be moved to adult court.

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  • Glenda

    Why is he standing trial when the article says that the girl clipped him?? And why was she driving like a maniac at such high speeds?? And how is this HIS fault??

    • gary

      The artical must be worded wrong. There’s no way he should be charged, if the artical is written right.

    • Todd

      He was going 90 miles per hour. The boy should have slowed down and allowed the girl to pass him. Driving is very serious business and we have an obligation to teach our teen drivers to obey the laws of the roadway. There is no place for screwing around while driving.

  • paul

    thats exactly what I want to know if the girl tried passing him at 90 MPH why is he being charged .

    what are the facts that are being left out why is this his fault did the kid being charged try and not allow them to pass if so then I can see the charges but then if he wasnt allowing them to pass why didnt the girls just back down .
    I feel that there is a lot more to this story then they are telling !

  • Worm

    I read an earlier article on this & it sounded like both vehicles were speeding excessively….probably racing or probably just kids messing around….sad ending

  • Cant drive 55

    With the way this reads, if they are charging him they must have a witness claiming that he tried running the car off the road as they passed.

  • thekhanvict

    The whole story is that they were racing. The girl was not as good a driver and died as a result. I don’t agree with what he did, but it’s not his fault the girl couldn’t control her car. Reckless driving yes, homicide – No way.

  • Billy

    a lot of WCCO’s articles make no sense at all, thats why when I want the truth I usually go over to KSTP’s web-site.

    • Tonya

      Billy, KSTP has the exact same article, worded the exact same. So KSTP is not any better then WCCO. But, I do have to agree, there is something missing here from this story.

      • Billy

        I love you Tonya

      • Skeezer

        Get a room

  • getridofem

    If he was out there drag racing with the other car and the accident happened due to it he is as much responsible as the other driver—-it was some of his actions that lead to the accident and deaths of the others. Book him Dano—-

  • Dan

    He Is a 17 year old kid who has a car what else is he going to do? Being dumb then someone else dying because of their lack of control of the car in my opinion does not deserve 4 counts of homicide. I agree he needs to be taught a lesson but if he has to go to prison for 5 years or so that is going to do much more harm to him. It is going to ruin his already destroyed life. I think he deserves a break.

  • Ann

    Here is a link with most of the story. I think the boy has suffered enough.


  • Norge

    Burying four classmates is a lesson one never forgets, nor fails to heed. This is another sad example of out of control govt. where even local prosecutors overcharge cases with dramatic charges (ie “homicide”) because that is what gets their names in the paper to build their recognition factor and their reputation. They often do this to the lower income families as they don’t have the leagal means to get a good lawyer that makes them look like the idiots they are, this prosecutor needs to get tossed.

  • Norge

    Buring four classmates is a lesson you would never forget, nor fail to heed. Sadly this is a current sign of the times will out of control govt. officials. This guy is intentionally overcharging the case because then he gets to use the key word ‘homicide’ which gets the story in the paper and generates him plublicity for future political endeavors. They usually overcharge the less well-to-do families as they cannot afford a good lawyer who would make them look like the fools they are. Prosecutor needs to get tossed out of office.

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