|6/22/2022 2:15:00 PM|
Driver in 2019 fatal crash sentenced
A 29-year old man has been sentenced to 90 days as the result of a plea agreement, on felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide operating a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.
Defendant Thomas Crowson was on his mobile phone while traveling westbound on Hwy 95, when his pickup truck smashed into the rear of a car, waiting to turn off the highway at Access Church July 23, 2019. The car was pushed into the opposite lane of travel, and collided with an eastbound motorcycle head-on, killing the cyclist, Larry Cooper, 58, North Branch.
This was one of two fatal incidents within about a day of each other, on Highway 95, between North Branch and Cambridge. The second fatality was prosecuted in Isanti County.
Crowson, now with a West Concord MN address, will be allowed to serve jail time in Goodhue County at his expense, Judge Dowdal said. He was assessed $585 in fees. The disposition document had no reference to restitution.
The plea agreement involved a downward departure from sentence guidelines. Along with the 90 day jail term, Crowson is under five years of supervised probation and is ordered to do 80 hours of Community Service. A judge’s notation is that he should coordinate through the MN Dept. of Public Safety to give talks to groups about distracted driving and its consequences.