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March 20, 2014

Charges filed against St. Peter teen in crash

MANKATO — Felony charges have been filed against a St. Peter teen who was involved in a head-on crash on Highway 60 just over a year ago.

Amy Weinandt, 19, and her three passengers were seriously injured in the crash, which was reported at about 3:40 a.m. Feb. 16, 2013. Weinandt was driving the wrong way in one of the two westbound lanes on Highway 60 east of Lake Crystal, a State Patrol report said. She crashed into a 1991 Chevy truck driven by Kyle Allen, 21, of Webster.

Weinandt and the three passengers in the 1983 Honda Civic she was driving were seriously injured. She has been charged with two counts of felony and two counts of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation. Her passengers were Michael Fletcher, 24, of Mankato, Tyler Cluka, 19, of Kasota and Sebastian Gilbertson, 21, of Mankato.

Allen was not injured. A passenger in his truck received minor injuries, the criminal complaint said.

Everyone involved had been at a party in rural Lake Crystal, according to the complaint. Allen had left the party before Weinandt and was heading toward Mankato. At some point he decided to go back toward Lake Crystal, so he crossed the median of the four-lane highway and started driving west in the left westbound lane, the complaint said.

When Weinandt left the party, she also turned east toward Mankato but turned into the same lane that Allen was in. The two vehicles collided near the intersection with 200 Street, which is just outside of Lake Crystal.

When rescue crews arrived, Weinandt's car was in flames and people were trapped inside, the complaint said. The fire was put out quickly but it took awhile to free everyone. Weinandt was the person most seriously injured in the crash. She had to be airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

A blood sample taken from Weinandt at the hospital showed she had a blood-alcohol concentration of .04, which is below the legal limit of .08 for driving. Weinandt was 18 at the time, so she was below the legal drinking age of 21.

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