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Charges: 21-year-old had 15 drinks before deadly ATV crash

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. Saturday, May 11.

A 21-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide following an ATV crash that left another man dead and a woman injured. 

The ATV crash happened around 2:15 a.m. last Saturday, May 11, according to a criminal complaint filed against Joseph Jeffery Riley, 21, of Cohasset, Minnesota, whose preliminary breath test following the fatal crash registered at 0.157, nearly twice the legal limit. 

Per the complaint, Riley and two others from Grand Rapids were traveling on County Road 459 when Riley lost control and crashed when he swerved to avoid a deer. 

Killed in the crash was Dylan Robert Christy, also 21, while another passenger suffered minor injuries, including a leg strain, bruises and scrapes. 

According to the Bemidji Pioneer, the three friends were on the ATV when Riley's attempt to avoid the deer sent the out-of-control ATV into a power pole. 

After being taken to jail, Riley spoke with a sergeant and said he began drinking at various Grand Rapids establishments, starting with two beers at the Dutch Room around 8 p.m. 

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He then had a drink at the Ground Round, following that with four shots and "about six beers," before heading to Zorbaz where he had two more drinks. 

That led to the trio back to Riley's parent's home where they went for a ride on the ATV, only to crash a short time later. 

According to his obituary, Christy was a junior at the University of Minnesota who loved family, traveling, music, sports and volunteering. 

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