A 28-year-old Blaine man has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide after fatally striking a 16-year-old boy in Blaine on March 20.
Daniel A. Rodman, 28, of Ramsey, admitted to police that he finished working and had a beer at a friend's house before driving westbound on 129th Ave. when he collided head-on with a boy who was riding bike on the road, according to a criminal complaint.
Witnesses told police that the victim, 16-year-old Tony Janisch, was "sufficiently off to the side to avoid impeding traffic, and that any oncoming traffic would have had a full opportunity to see them and avoid a collision."
Rodman admitted to drinking one beer and registered a preliminary breath test of .011. He also said he was taking "a number of prescription medications," while three different officers who spoke to him smelled "marijuana emanating from" him.
Rodman denied using marijuana, but the criminal complaint states that Rodman showed several indicators of impairment, including poor balance, inability to perform basic movement tests, eyelid tremors, elevated blood pressure and pulse, and large pupil size.
It was later learned that several of the prescription drugs Rodman used resulted in "elevated impairment when combined with alcohol and/or marijuana," thus making it unsafe for Rodman to operate a motor vehicle.
A fundraiser for the victim's family launched Saturday has generated more than $56,000. The money will help pay for funeral costs and alleviate significant financial stress put on the family by the novel coronavirus pandemic and related business closures in Minnesota.
The boy's mother is a hair stylist and out of work due to hair salons in Minnesota under mandatory closure, while his father's income has been cut in half because of forced restaurant closures, the GoFundMe explains.
"While we can do nothing to mitigate the painful loss of their precious son, Tony, we can relieve some of the financial burden of a funeral and job loss, allowing them to mourn together and find solace and healing," the GoFundMe organizers said.
According to the Star Tribune, Rodman's criminal history includes numerous driving-related convictions, in addition to weapons violations, auto theft, and domestic assault.His brother is currently serving a prison sentence for fatally striking a man in Blaine while driving drunk, the newspaper reports.