Driver in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Agrees to Plead Guilty
FAIRMONT -- A South Dakota man has agreed to plead guilty to driving drunk the wrong way on a Minnesota interstate and causing a crash that killed a young woman.
In a deal with prosecutors, 48-year-old Mark Wendland, of Baltic, has agreed enter a guilty plea to vehicular homicide and serve a little more than two years in prison followed by supervised release.
Prosecutors say Wendland was more than twice the legal limit of intoxication when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 90 near Fairmont and caused a four-vehicle pileup March 7. Twenty-one-year-old Hannah Stoesz was a passenger in another vehicle and was killed.
Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 9.