Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed Teen
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Coon Rapids man has pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving crash that killed a teenage boy last summer.
The Hennepin County Attorney's office say 24-year-old Michael Vanwagner pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
According to the complaint, Vanwagner's Pontiac Grand Am struck a woman's car in Brooklyn Park, then took off and slammed into another car waiting to make a left turn. The driver of that car, 16-year-old Jason McCarthy of Brooklyn Center, later died.
Prosecutors plan to seek the maximum 10-year sentence when Vanwagner is sentenced Feb. 20.
Reports say Vanwagner posted a picture of his damaged car to Facebook after the crash with a smiley face emoticon. Vanwagner told the newspaper he wrote the post before he realized he'd hit someone.