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Driver in Winona river crash that killed 4 was drunk

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The driver of an SUV that veered off the road and into the Mississippi River in a fatal crash in Winona last month was legally drunk, the Winona Daily News reports.

According to a toxicology report, Christina “Tina” Lee Hauser, 36, of Winona, had a blood-alcohol level of .16 – twice the legal limit – at the time of the Jan. 5 crash, the newspaper reports.

Investigators believe early that morning Hauser failed to make a turn, went down an embankment and landed in the icy river. Hauser and three others died.

Police believe three men were in the car at the time of the crash: Andrew Kingsbury, 29, of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Matthew Patrick Erickson, 29, of Chatfield, Minnesota, and Blake Overland, 28, of Stewartville, Minnesota. The three had been friends since childhood, the Daily News notes.

Erickson's body was found seatbelted in the car and Overland's body was found in the river the next day. It took searchers almost two weeks to find the body of Kingsbury, which was recovered in 10-foot-deep water about 700 feet from the site of the crash.

The four were last seen leaving a Winona tavern together early the morning of Jan. 5.

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