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

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Shayne Munich

Minneapolis police appeal for help finding missing man

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.


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.

Marvin and Kathy Fandrich

Charges: Motorcyclists died in crash caused by negligent farmer

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

Driver ejected, killed in rollover crash north of Litchfield

The crash happened at approximately 8:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Eagle Creek Golf Club

Golf course damaged by alleged drunk driver in Willmar

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