A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run accident that severely injured two people and killed one, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.
Eugene Farrell, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation and one count of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the incident that occurred on December 18, 2011.
According to state police, there were two crashes that occurred in the incident. The first crash occurred around 11 p.m. when Marcus Andary’s pickup truck merged onto Interstate 94 heading westbound. The pickup ran into another car, which cause d that car to lose control and roll, blocking the left lane. Andary and another witness went to help the victim of the crash, Alicia Kaufenberg, 22, of St. Paul. Not long after, the second crash occurred.
The second crash involved Farrell, driving drunk, hitting Kaufenberg’s car and killing Andary and the assisting witness, Keith Barnes, 37. Kaufenberg was severely injured.
Farrell was driving a van and thought he had ran over a bumper from the initial accident. He said he stopped a short distance away and checked his vehicle, heading home from there.
There is video footage that shows a total of 1 minute and 40 seconds between the two crashes and that there were several vehicles pulled along the side of the road with emergency lights flashing before the second collision occurred. Farrell’s car did not brake until a fraction of a second before the collision.
Farrell has one prior conviction for careless driving on his record from May 2005.
Andary was a hockey standout when he was in high school in Marie, Michigan. He was a 2008 graduate of his high school and went on to play hockey at Iowa State.
Barnes’ neck was broken in two places; both legs and his shoulder were broken as well. Doctors had to amputate part of his left leg. Kaufenberg also had to have multiple amputations as a result of the accident.
Farrell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14.