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Driver charged in fatal crash after admitting methamphetamine use

A tragic accident that recently ended the life of one man has led to the arrest of another, with a third person hospitalized with serious injuries. The crash took place on Interstate 94 in Barnesville, Minnesota. Upon investigation, police believe that one of the drivers involved had been using methamphetamine hours before the accident.

The driver, a 23-year-old man, is accused of smoking methamphetamine prior to getting behind the wheel. According to reports, he rear-ended a semi that was also travelling on Interstate 94. There were two passengers in the vehicle, a 24-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man. The woman suffered serious injuries in the crash, including damage to her spinal cord. The male passenger, who was riding in the front of the vehicle, was fatally injured in the accident.

Upon arriving at the hospital for emergency medical treatment, the driver allegedly told police that he had been smoking meth earlier in the day. Police also found methamphetamine in the vehicle. It is unclear whether the driver was tested for that substance while hospitalized, or if the police conducted any form of sobriety testing during their initial contact with the man.

As this case moves forward, the Minnesota man's legal team will spend a great deal of time analyzing the evidence that police are using the support the charges of vehicular homicide. If the man confessed to using methamphetamine earlier in the day, that does not necessarily mean that he was impaired at the time of the accident. The testing completed at the hospital will likely play a large role in the determination of how to structure the man's defense against the criminal charge of vehicular homicide.

Source: heraldbulletin.com, "Anderson man facing criminal charges after Minnesota accident", Devan Filchak, Jan. 21, 2016

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