Fatal Crash Charges Expected 20 Aug 12

Charges are expected to be filed against a 21-year-old Norwood Young America man today (MON) who was involved in a deadly crash that killed three family members east of Willmar Friday night. The state patrol says that a pickup truck driven by Paul Wickenhauser of Norwood crossed the centerline on Highway 12 at just after 9pm and collided head-on with a mini-van driven by 68-year-old Marta Stoffers of Atwater. After the collision the van went into the ditch and burned. Stoffers was killed, along with her daughter in-law, 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie. Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were taken to Hennepin County, where the girl later died from her injuries and the boy remains in critical condition. Wickenhauser was treated for only minor injuries, and authorities say that alcohol was detected in his system.