Criminal Vehicular Homicide
The man who pleaded guilty in the crash that killed a Fulbright Scholar from Richfield in March has been sentenced to one year in jail. In July, Neftali Paolo Ramirez pleaded guilty to drinking before the fatal March 8 crash in Burnsville.
A Golden Valley man was found guilty Tuesday of killing a young Minneapolis couple while driving drunk at over 100 mph in 2003. Philip Scott Bertelsen, 56, was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the deaths of Brandy Banks-Sutta and Melvin Jones on Nov. 3, 2013.
A Bloomington man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of criminal vehicular homicide for a crash that killed a Richfield woman. The Dakota County Attorney’s Office says 26-year-old Neftali Paolo Ramirez admitted to drinking before the fatal crash in Burnsville on March 8.
The boat driver involved in last weekend’s deadly Fourth of July accident in northern Minnesota is now charged with criminal vehicular homicide.
A Minnetonka Beach man was found guilty of criminal vehicular homicide after he ran over his wife with a vehicle while drunk last July. The guilty verdict against David Christopher Meder was declared Wednesday in Hennepin County court.
A 43-year-old Princeton woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for causing a crash that killed a 62-year-old Cambridge man, according to the Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo.
A Coon Rapids man who killed a 16-year-old Brooklyn Center boy while driving drunk, with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, will spend most of the next decade behind bars.
A 29-year-old woman who caused a fatal crash when she ran a red light while dialing her phone will spend 90 days behind bars, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A 29-year-old man is facing charges in a fatal 2013 crash that killed one person near the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Robin Olson of Wheatland, North Dakota, is charged with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation. Reports say he was driving when his vehicle collided with a minivan on U.S. Highway 75 south of Moorhead, Minnesota.
A 34-year-old man accused of drunken driving likely will be charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a Sandstone teenager. Seventeen-year-old Colton Nelson was killed last week in a two-car accident near his home in rural Kanabec County. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
A Minnesota driver who went to prison for a crash that killed three people grabbed national attention when he was freed amid reports of Toyota Camrys that would mysteriously accelerate. Eight years after that accident, his lawsuit against the Japanese automaker goes to trial Wednesday. Koua Fong Lee and other survivors of the crash are seeking damages from Toyota.
Authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in a fatal snowmobile accident on a Wright County lake early Sunday morning. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened on the shoreline of Ramsey Lake at about 12:51 a.m. near the 5600 block of 33rd St. NW in Maple Lake Township.
A 21-year-old Coon Rapids man faces criminal charges after admitting to driving drunk in a crash which took the life of his friend last November. Kyle Norman Wold was charged Friday with one count of criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of criminal vehicular operation related to a crash on the early morning of Nov. 22.
A Coon Rapids man has pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving crash that killed a teenage boy last summer.
Amy Senser is headed home Monday after finishing the work release portion of her sentence in the 2011 death of Anousone Phanthavong in a hit-and-run crash in Minneapolis. The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser will now be on supervised release either at her Edina home or someplace else she wants to live for the next year.
Hennepin County prosecutors say a 24-year-old driver accused of slamming into another vehicle and killing the other driver had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit for driving. Michael J. Vanwagner of Coon Rapids was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
Orono police say a Minnetonka Beach man was drunk when he fatally ran over his wife with his car. The Hennepin County attorney says David Meder is charged with criminal vehicular homicide or operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more in 57-year-old Diane Meder’s death.
Authorities in northern Minnesota say they arrested a man early Friday morning for allegedly driving drunk after he crashed a car into a lake, injuring himself and killing a woman.
A 45-year-old Lakeville woman was sentenced to nearly five years in prison on Wednesday for driving drunk in a June 2013 crash that killed a 29-year-old motorcyclist.
A 25-year-old South Dakota man was charged Wednesday with criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a woman who was bicycling with her two daughters in southwestern Minnesota. Authorities believe Christopher Weber of Madison, South Dakota, was distracted by his cellphone.
A 22-year-old West St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run rollover crash that killed one person last November.
A Golden Valley man was driving drunk at more than 100 miles per hour the night he smashed into and killed a young couple in Minneapolis. Melvin Jones and Brandy Banks-Sutta were stopped at a light at Morgan Avenue North and Olson Memorial Highway on Nov. 3, 2013 when they were hit from behind. They were killed instantly.
Star Tribune columnist C.J. recently interviewed attorney Ron Meshbesher about the Amy Senser case. When asked how he would have defended Senser, Meshbesher responded by saying it was a tough case because she left the scene of the fatal accident. Anousone Phanthavong, 38, was killed while refilling his gas tank on an Interstate 94 exit ramp in Minneapolis. Senser was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in the 2011.
A 29-year-old woman will face criminal charges for a fatal crash in Apple Valley last April which killed a 66-year-old man. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s office, Amanda Leanna Schlachter of Apple Valley was charged Wednesday with one count of criminal vehicular homicide and three counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm in connection with a crash on April 6, 2013.
A 32-year-old Wyoming, Minn. man pleaded guilty Thursday to a hit-and-run crash that killed an Army veteran last June.