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Driver in crash that killed Sam Schuneman, Mack Motzko released from custody

He was released from custody pending criminal charges, according to jail records.
Mack Motzko (left), Sam Schuneman (right).

Mack Motzko (left), Sam Schuneman (right).

The man police say was behind the wheel during a crash that killed two young men has been released from custody.

The 51-year-old had turned himself in to the Orono Police Department Wednesday afternoon. He was booked into Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the July 24 crash that killed Sam Schuneman, 24, and Mack Motzko, 20.

At 9:07 p.m., about four hours after the jail received him, he was released from custody without bail, pending charges, according to online jail records.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday the case had not been submitted to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, a communications specialist with the office told Bring Me The News.

Orono police have said they believe speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the wreck, though the incident is still under investigation. The driver suffered critical injuries and was initially taken to North Memorial Hospital.

Schuneman, who police say was in the front passenger seat, died at the scene. Motzko, the son of Gophers hockey head coach Bob Motzko, was in the back seat. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries and later died, police said.

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