Fatal Crash Court Date 16 Jun 12

A St. James man facing vehicular homicide charges for a fatal car crash last August made an appearance in court on Thursday. 24-year-old Mark Anders Chalin is accused of driving on Blue Earth County Road 90 with a passenger on his lap when he crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into Jonna Martin of Lakefield south of Mankato. Both Martin and Chalin’s passenger, 23-year-old Amber Menezes of Mankato were killed in the August 7th crash. Chalin was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in February, and posted a bond for his release from jail in March. A State Patrol investigation has been ongoing since the crash occurred, and attorneys from both sides are now reviewing the information. Chalin’s next court hearing has been scheduled for August 22nd, more than a year after the crash occurred.