Elderly Motorist Charged With Death of Wabasha Teenager
Red Wing, MN (KROC-AM News) - Charges have been filed against an elderly Wabasha County man man for causing the death of a teenage skateboarder earlier this week.
A criminal complaint filed today in Wabasha County Court charges 84-year-old Bernard Quist with criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a collision involving the death of another person. The felony charges allege Quist was intoxicated when the vehicle he was driving struck and fatally injured 16-year-old Adriana Simon Tuesday night.
According to the court document, witnesses found the teenage victim lying on the roadway next to her skateboard after hearing a loud bang coming from Grant Boulevard at an intersection adjacent to Izaak Walton Park in Wabasha. The witnesses also told police a tall elderly man and a woman were also present but they left before police officers arrived at the scene. The man was later identified as Quist. One witness told investigators Quist was heard saying "she is gone," and the woman stated, "she just darted out."
Wabasha police say Quist and the 45-year-old woman later contacted law enforcement and returned to the scene. The criminal complaint says officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Quist and a preliminary breath test put his blood-alcohol-concentration at .096. The results of a blood test are still pending.
Quist was arraigned on the charges this morning and was ordered back to court for an evidentiary hearing on October 19th. His conditional bail was set at $5000.