Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The man who was involved in the fatal crash that sent Everett Bergren to the hospital and killed Bergren’s grandmother has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
(To see a full-length story on the Bergren family's response, click on the video)
Hawk Patrick Edwards, 19 of North Dakota, pleaded guilty last month to criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation that resulted in Paula Bergren’s death and the hospitalization of her grandson.
Judge Shaun Floerke sentenced Edwards to four years for each offense, totaling eight years behind bars.
This is a greater than usual sentencing for Edwards, however when he pleaded guilty, Edwards accepted a motion of departure requested by St. Louis County prosecutors.
Family impact statements were read in court, and Edwards addressed the court saying he was very sorry for the pain he caused and wished he could take the accident back.
Back in January, Edwards was driving his Ford Pick-up early in the morning on January 19 when he crossed over into the median and collided with Paula Bergren's Ford Taurus head on on Woodland Avenue. Bergren was driving her grandson to school. Alcohol was detected on Edwards.
Everett Bergren is still recovering at the Miller-Dwan building at Essentia St. Mary’s.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns