Charges: Driver was drunk in crash that killed Rochester woman following Snoop Dogg concert

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Saturday after the concert at Treasure Island.
Publish date:
Dustin Lee Hicks

A Rochester man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide following a fatal crash after a Snoop Dogg concert at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

Dustin Lee Hicks, 34, is accused in a criminal complaint of driving drunk with a canceled license, resulting in a fatal crash around 1 a.m. Saturday, April 27 after he swerved to avoid a deer and rolled into the ditch on County 6 Boulevard in Featherstone Township, near Red Wing. 

Killed in the crash was 34-year-old Krista Koblitz, of Rochester, who had attended the concert with Hicks prior to leaving the casino some time between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. 

Paramedics pronounced Koblitz dead at the scene, with the criminal complaint revealing she had been ejected from the car. 

Hicks told deputies he was going about 48 mph when the deer jumped out in front of his vehicle. He swerved across the center line to avoid it and then overcorrected the car, causing it to roll – three times in Hicks' estimation – before it came to a rest in the ditch. 

Hicks said he was wearing a seat belt and Koblitz was not. 

Deputies then observed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Hicks, who later admitted to drinking 5-6 beers, two whisky mix drinks and to smoking marijuana "all day" before the concert. 

A preliminary breath test provided by Hicks at the scene registered .202, which is approximately two-and-a-half times the legal limit.  

Hicks was previously convicted for DWI in August 2011, according to court documents.

In addition to the criminal vehicular homicide charge, Hicks has also been charged for DWI, driving with a canceled license, and for failure to drive in a single lane.  

Next Up

Ricky Rubio

Report: Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to Cleveland

Rubio's homecoming in Minnesota lasted just one season.

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

Gov. Walz: Newly-vaccinated Minnesotans will get $100

The incentive was announced shortly after President Biden announced the initiative.

Flickr - USPS post office mail truck - Paul Sableman

Man who attacked Oakdale postal worker gets 18 months in prison

He was accused of hopping over the counter and repeatedly punching the employee.

Wikimedia COmmons - Sierra store - Steve Morgan

Off-price retail store Sierra will open a St. Cloud location

It is the brand's first Minnesota store outside the Twin Cities.

Motzko and Schuneman

Driver in crash that killed Motzko, Schundeman released from custody

Authorities say he was driving during the crash that killed Sam Schuneman and Mack Motzko.


Dental practice fired manager because she was too old, investigation finds

The business has agreed to a $54,000 settlement with the employee.

Ryan Suter

Suter says goodbye to Minnesota in Players Tribune piece

As Suter heads for Dallas, the Wild revamp their blue line.

vaccine, covid

Gov. Walz launches 'Vax to School' campaign ahead of new year

The state is encouraging students aged 12-17 to get vaccinated before school starts.

Justin Jefferson

Coller: Justin Jefferson isn't the sophomore slump type

Matthew Coller writes a weekly column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider. He also hosts a weekly Vikings livestream on BMTN's YouTube and Facebook.

storm damage

State of Emergency in Wisconsin as daylight reveals massive storm damage

A tornado may have directly hit a farmstead, causing destruction.

Facebook - Line 3 frac out July 27 photo - Ron Turney

MPCA acknowledges 8 more drilling fluid releases during Line 3 work

That includes at least one fluid release into wetlands, which is a violation.


police lights

Charges: Drunk driver reached 107 mph before fatal crash in Rochester

A 24-year-old woman died when the speeding, drunk driver struck the vehicle she was in.

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

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

Bloomington man fatally struck by suspected drunk driver

The deadly crash happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

police lights

Driver fatally ejected in crash after fleeing deputy in Dakota County

The crash happened in rural Dakota County around 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2021-02-25 at 9.22.26 AM

Teen dies from injuries sustained in crash with suspected drunk-driver

Erika Cruz was involved in a vehicle crash in Rochester Tuesday night.

Marvin and Kathy Fandrich

Charges: Motorcyclists died in crash caused by negligent farmer

The June 1 crash claimed the lives of high school sweethearts.

Eagle Creek Golf Club

Golf course damaged by alleged drunk driver in Willmar

The driver took a pickup onto the 16th and 17th holes.