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.