A 19-year-old Afton woman who admitted to drinking hours before getting behind the wheel was charged Monday with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the death of her friend in a car crash.
Washington County prosecutors charged Alicia R. Haupert, 14997 Afton Blvd. S., with criminal vehicular homicide. The criminal complaint alleges Haupert crashed a car into a power pole Friday morning in May Township, near Stillwater, killing 20-year-old Andrea Zimmerman of Stillwater.
According to the complaint, the Minnesota State Patrol was called to Highway 95 and 114th Street North at 8:28 a.m. Friday for a reported vehicle crash. Upon arrival a trooper observed a severely damaged vehicle in the ditch on the west side of the highway. It appeared the car had struck a power pole.
Haupert and a passenger, Trisha Hughes, 20, Lake Elmo, sustained minor injuries. Authorities had to pull Zimmerman's body from the back seat. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The complaint says Haupert told authorities she hit a patch of black ice, tried to correct the car's movement and then spun out of control.
Authorities could smell alcohol while interviewing Haupert and Hughes. Haupert admitted that she had been drinking vodka mixed with Full Throttle, an energy drink, Thursday night. Hughes said they were at a friend's house in Marine on St. Croix.
Haupert told authorities she stopped drinking about midnight Friday. She and her two friends fell asleep at another house around 4 a.m. They awoke around 8 a.m. and left so Haupert could get to work.
Haupert said she did not remember how much she had to drink, the complaint says. A preliminary breath test indicated Haupert had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.108.
Haupert appeared Monday in Washington County District Court; her bail was set at $40,000. She has an initial court appearance scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 11.
The maximum penalty for criminal vehicular homicide is 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
The women were under the legal drinking age. Washington County Attorney Doug Johnson's office is reviewing possible charges related to how they obtained vodka.
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