Charges: Driver was drunk and speeding when he caused fatal crash

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The driver of a car involved in a fatal accident over the weekend was under the influence of alcohol and going at least 50 mph when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a minivan, killing the 42-year-old woman behind the wheel, according to charges filed Tuesday in Dakota County District Court.

Nicolas Anthony Indehar, 21, of Inver Grove Heights, faces two counts of criminal vehicular homicide – one alleging gross negligence and the other alleging he was under the influence of alcohol. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The accident occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Dawn Avenue and 70th Street in Inver Grove Heights. Kim Caswell, 42, of Roseville, was killed in the crash, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

According to the criminal complaint, Indehar drove through a stop sign at the intersection at a high rate of speed and crashed into Caswell's minivan. The impact pushed her vehicle into a utility pole, which then snapped in half and fell on top of her vehicle. Live electrical lines from the pole were draped over the top of the minivan. Caswell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several witnesses told police Indehar was speeding, going at least 50 mph in the 30-mph zone, when he went through the intersection.

Officers said Indehar appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when they spoke to him at the scene, and they found an open, nearly empty bottle of rum in the back seat of his car.

Indehar was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A preliminary breath test indicated he had alcohol in his system, but the level was not indicated in the complaint.

“This appears to be another tragic example of impaired driving that has claimed a life on our roads,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a news release. He added this is the second impaired driving death in 2015 in Dakota County.

Caswell was a nurse, and most recently worked in home health care for HealthEast, according to the Star Tribune. She had also worked at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury and at Amplatz Children's Hospital. She is survived by her husband Jon and three children, according to her obituary.

The Star Tribune reports that Indehar has a long record of driving offenses, including two previous DWI convictions, and his driver's license has been revoked since March 2013.

He remains in the Dakota County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail with conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 24.

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