Man Charged with Criminal-Vehicular Homicide
A man from Albert Lea is facing criminal-vehicular homicide, a felony, in Faribault County.
According to the complaint, Jared Bowman is facing one count of criminal-vehicular homicide stemming from a December 10th incident that authorities have said involved Bowman crossing the center line while traveling east on Minnesota Highway 109.
When he crossed the center line, this caused a car traveling westbound to swerve to avoid the accident. When the car swerved, Bowman hit the car behind that car. As a result, 49-year-old Ronald Hinderman was killed in the collision.
According to a witness, Bowman was looking down at something right before his pickup truck crossed over into the other lane.
The State Patrol said that Bowman was driving as a distracted driver. Distracted driving is something that the State Patrol is always warning about because it is a factor in so many accidents.
The complaint says that Bowman was also traveling 71 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.
According to court documents, Bowman could face a penalty of up to $20,000 in fines and 10 years in prison. He is due in court on June 3rd.
Upon review of past documents, Bowman was convicted of DWI in 2011. However, the State Patrol reconstruction report says that alcohol was not a factor in this crash.