Suspect in Fatal Car Crash in Carlton County Charged

By KBJR News 1

Suspect in Fatal Car Crash in Carlton County Charged

June 5, 2013 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM CST

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The suspect involved in a deadly car accident in Carlton County over the weekend has been charged.

25-year-old Megan Dickenson appeared in Carlton County Court Wednesday and was charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Criminal Vehicular Operation.

The Criminal Vehicular Homicide charge stems from the fact that the victim, Kari Luoma, died as a result of her injuries after the crash. The Criminal Vehicular Operation charges stem from the fact that the second victim, Jeremiah Luoma—Kari’s husband—suffered “life threatening… serious bodily harm” as a result of the accident.

According to the criminal complaint, Dickenson was seen by a third party approaching the four way intersection at North Cloquet Road and Canosia Road on June first at 5:45 PM, at or near the 50 mile per hour speed limit, and was “clearly not going to stop at the intersection.”

The witness then observed the collision between Dickenson’s tan Ford Focus and the Luoma’s green Honda SUV. The complaint states Dickenson hit the Luoma’s vehicle as they attempted to turn through the intersection.

Jeremiah Luoma received broken ribs, three broken vertebrae, a punctured lung, a bruised second lung, a broken jaw and missing teeth, as well as a concussion. Kari died as a result of the crash.

The complaint also states that police on scene detected the odor of alcohol on Dickenson, and that her eyes were blood shot and watery. She allegedly admitted she had been drinking prior to the crash. She agreed to submit to a blood test—the results of which are not yet in.

Bail was set at $50,000, with a cash bond of $5,000. Prosecutors argued that, while she doesn’t pose a flight risk, she should be submitted to an ankle bracelet which will help ensure she remains alcohol free.

Dickenson’s next court date is June 19th.

Posted to the web by Billy Wagness
bwagness@kbjr.com

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