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Eagan man charged in fatal head-on - "Sun-Current Today" TV news - Friday, Oct. 30

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Uploaded on Oct 30, 2009

An Eagan man was charged by Dakota County District Court summons yesterday for his role in an Inver Grove Heights collision that killed his 21-year-old passenger.

Matthew Russell Willis, 25, faces one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation stemming from the May 10, 2008, incident that also seriously injured two others.

The homicide charge carries a maximum 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

A court date has not yet been set.

According to the criminal complaint, a BMW sedan driven by Willis was northbound on Highway 3 near 82nd Street in Inver Grove Heights when it crossed the centerline at approximately 11 a.m. and collided with a northbound Chevy SUV.

Based on reconstruction of the collision, the Minnesota State Patrol determined the BMW was traveling at approximately 75 miles per hour at the point of impact. The speed limit is 50 miles per hour.

Willis suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His 21-year-old front seat passenger was found dead on scene. An autopsy by the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiners Office determined he suffered multiple traumatic injuries including a fractured skull and lacerations to his liver.

The driver of the Chevy was transported from the scene by ambulance to Regions Hospital. She was hospitalized for a week with traumatic brain injury, and a fractured sternum, ribs, neck and leg. A passenger in the Chevy was also transported to Regions Hospital with severe injuries.

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