Updated: 05/22/2014 12:31 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 12:30 PM WDIO.com
Washburn County prosecutors have filed three felony charges against a man accused of driving a vehicle while under the influence before a crash that killed two people and injured a third person.
Edward Depies, 26, of Sarona is charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the July 21, 2013 crash. The crash killed Molly E. Undem and Donald L. Roberts III and injured Timothy N. Wohlford.
A 2005 Ford Mustang, owned by Depies, rolled over on County Road A in the Town of Stone Lake and came to rest several hundred feet from the roadway. The Wisconsin State Patrol reconstructed the crash scene and estimated that the vehicle was traveling in excess of 120 miles per hour when the driver lost control; investigators found no mechanical issues that would have contributed to the crash.
According to a news release from the Washburn County Sheriff's Office, officers found beer cans and bottles strewn across the crash scene and inside the vehicle. A test allegedly found Depies' blood ethanol alcohol level to be .075 g/100mL seven hours after the crash.
Wohlford allegedly told authorities at the scene of the crash that he did not specifically remember who was driving, but thought it was a male.
The sheriff's office said Depies stated in an April interview that a memory of the night of the crash had come back to him in November. He allegedly said he remembered driving on a road near the crash scene with Roberts in the passenger seat.
Sheriff Terry Dryden said the extended investigation has been very difficult for the family of all four occupants of the vehicle.
Depies is expected to make his first court appearance on June 30.
UMD Football Players Suspended, Scholarships Lost for Alleged Underage Drinking Incident
UMD's head football coach shares more about the consequences from the recent underage drinking citations for about 25 of his players.
New Stop Sign Gives Kids Safer Walk to Myers-Wilkins
City officials hope a new stop sign on Ninth Street and Eighth Avenue East will make the walk to school safer for students at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. The sign was put in largely at the request of the Duluth Police Department, and school personnel and parents.
Driver Suffers Substantial Burns in Truck Explosion
A truck driver suffered substantial burns after an equipment malfunction caused an explosion in his vehicle Tuesday. Duluth fire officials said the truck was carrying waste oil when a pump backfired, igniting the vapors inside. The driver's condition is unknown.
Leaders, Fans Celebrate Wade Stadium Renovations
With a row of gold-painted shovels, a fresh start for an old favorite. Construction is underway at Wade Stadium in Duluth. There was a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday with city and state leaders.
MNsure Trying to Fix 'Life Event' Changes Backlog
Minnesota's new health insurance exchange is struggling with a backlog of people making changes to coverage through the online marketplace.