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Prosecutors: Drunk Driver Accused of Causing Fatal Crash

Prosecutors: Drunk Driver Accused of Causing Fatal Crash Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - A man has been charged in connection to a fatal crash near Kimball earlier this year.

Prosecutors say 57-year-old Ricky Freitag, of Rice, was under the influence of alcohol and driving too fast for the conditions when he struck a car head-on killing the diver.

He's been charged in Stearns County District Court with criminal vehicular homicide.

The crash happened on Highway 15 around 8:00 p.m. on February 12th.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Freitag was driving a Ford F-150 north on 15 at County Road 8 in Maine Prairie Township when he hit a patch of ice and crashed into a southbound Buick Regal killing 67-year-old Donald Heid.

According to the criminal complaint, a blood draw showed Freitag's blood-alcohol level was 0.101. The legal limit to drive is .08.

Freitag told investigators he met a friend for dinner in Forrest City and had three beers before heading home.

A crash investigators say Freitag was driving too fast considering the blowing snow and ice-covered roadway.

Crash investigators say the road was covered with snow and ice.

Freitag is expected to turn himself in Tuesday for an arraignment hearing.