Suspected drunken driver charged in crash that killed Sandstone teen


Authorities charged a man in connection with the car crash that killed 17-year-old high school senior Colton Nelson in Sandstone, Minnesota, last week.

WCCO reports Charles Theodore Hendricks, 34, is charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide, one count of DWI and one count of violating a driving restriction.

According to the station, authorities say Hendricks was driving a white Chevy truck around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, when it collided with a silver Chevy Impala driven by Nelson.

Nelson, a football and basketball star for East Central High School, was killed in the crash, while his sister and a friend sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The funeral for Nelson, who was Homecoming King, was held on Monday, and the Pioneer Press reported around 1,000 mourners attended the service at the school.

Many others have been taking part in a tribute publicized on Facebook, encouraged people to leave a porch light on in Nelson's memory.

Details of the criminal complaint against Hendricks, reported by the Star Tribune, say that Hendricks' pickup crossed the center line and hit Nelson's car head on. Hendricks was found by police "covered in blood, crawling on the ground" and yelling: "What did I do? What did I do? I killed someone."

Officers claim Hendricks' breath carried a "heavy odor" of alcohol, and an empty bottle of vodka was found in his pickup, the newspaper reports.

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