Charges: ATV driver had been drinking before crash that killed mom-of-7

Karla Scheel died when the ATV landed on top of her.
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The driver of an ATV that rolled and killed a Minnesota mother-of-seven has been charged in connection with the crash.

Eric Scholl, 45, is accused of being drunk while operating the ATV, which landed on top of 37-year-old Karla Scheel, of Rice, on the Soo-Line Trail in Morrison County on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, a sheriff's deputy who arrived at the scene said Scholl smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and had bloodshot eyes.

Another female passenger on the ATV told police that she had been at the Hillman Bar and Grill in Hillman with Scheel and Scholl.

The three of them left together on an ATV owned by Scheel, but driven by Scholl.

On the way home, Scholl missed an intersection and then lost control of the ATV, causing it to roll.

The other passenger and Scholl only sustained minor injuries, but Scheel died from injuries caused when the vehicle landed on her.

Scholl has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide.

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A GoFundMe for Scheel's family says she leaves behind her husband, Tony, and seven children aged 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 16 and 17. 

"Karla was an amazing woman, raising her children, running the family household, helping run the family farm, and assisting with Tony's trucking business," the fundraiser says.

"She was nothing short of amazing, always putting others before herself. She was an extraordinary cook and baker and provided a helping hand to anyone in need. She also volunteered at the family church and taught first communion classes." 

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