Winona Man Charged With Deadly Wrong Way Crash
Winona, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Winona man accused of being the "wrong way" driver who was responsible for the fatal crash over the weekend has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide.
Court documents show 35-year-old Adam Samuel Anderson also faces a gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation in connection with the deadly collision early Saturday at the junction of Highways 61 and 43. He was arraigned this morning and Winona County Court and his conditional bail was set at $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Anderson was driving a pickup north in the southbound lanes of Highway 61 when he crashed into a passenger car at the intersection with Highway 43. The car rolled over into the ditch and one of the passengers, 20-year-old Hannah Goman of Stevens Point Wisconsin, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the car and another passenger were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, while Anderson and his passenger were not hurt.
The charges allege the Winona police officers that responded to the scene detected the strong odor of alcohol on Anderson and noted his speech was slurred. An officer and a witness to the crash also stated a strong smell of alcohol coming from the pickup and Anderson seemed disoriented and was making slow movements.
After he refused to submit to a preliminary breath test at the scene, Anderson was transported to the Winona Hospital, where the court records say he refused to voluntarily have his blood drawn, "explaining it was against his religion to have his blood drawn because he was a Christian." Investigators then obtained a warrant for the blood sample. Results of the tests on the sample are still pending.
Anderson is due back in court on March 2.