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Man charged in Lake Elmo crash that severely injured 2 sisters


A 47-year-old St. Paul man was charged Friday in Washington County in connection with a Lake Elmo crash that severely injured two young women a year ago.

WCCO reports Jon Ross Wentz faces eight felonies of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm involving negligence, alcohol and controlled substances in his system.

According to the complaint, Wentz had methadone in his system, and a blood-alcohol content of .08, reports the Woodbury Patch.

The Aug. 28, 2012, head-on crash sent Marah Sobczak, 20, and Kalley Sobczak, 15, to the hospital with critical injuries.

Fox 9 reported at the time that both young women were wearing their seat belts, but still suffered critical injuries in the crash. Wentz was not wearing a seat belt, and he was critically injured.

No alcohol was detected at the scene of the crash; but records show Wentz has a lengthy criminal record that includes theft, assault, careless driving, a DWI and multiple citations for driving without either a license or insurance.

As a result of the crash, WCCO says, the victims received severe injuries to their legs and spines, in addition to suffering traumatic brain injuries and respiratory failure. The two girls are still receiving extensive medical treatment.

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