Orono man charged with 4 counts of criminal vehicular homicide in crash that killed Mack Motzko, Sam Schuneman

He's accused of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he crashed.
Mack Motzko and Sam Schuneman

Mack Motzko and Sam Schuneman

James Blue, the 51-year-old Orono man who was behind the wheel of a double-fatal crash last month, has been charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide. 

Blue is charged for driving drunk and crashing just before 11:30 p.m. July 24 on the 3100 block of North Shore Drive in Orono. Killed in the crash were 20-year-old Mack Motzko – the son of Gophers hockey coach Bob Motzko – and 24-year-old Sam Schuneman. 

A criminal complaint accuses Blue of driving a 2017 Bentley Flying Spur that suffered extensive damage when he ran off the road and crashed into a wood area. The impact of the crash uprooted a tree, which was found on top of the luxury automobile. 

Blue is suspected of driving at speeds of 94-99 mph within speed zones of 35 mph and 45 mph, the criminal complaint says. 

Motzko was in the back seat and Schuneman in the front passenger seat. The criminal complaint says both young men were found "still in seatbelts, trapped inside the car." Schuneman died at the scene and Motzko died at the hospital. 

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Blue was found approximately 10 feet in front of the car, "having been flung from the vehicle," a release from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says. The release says Blue was injured but conscious and repeatedly saying he was "sorry" and admitted to drinking and being "guilty." 

Marijuana gummies and "crushed up white pills and green capsules" were found by hospital staff in Blue's pocket. Witnesses also told police that Blue had eaten gummies and was taking shots of alcohol. 

Blue's blood-alcohol content was 0.175, more than twice the legal limit.

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