Fatal Crash Charges 01 Nov 12

Criminal charges have been filed in connection with a fatal rollover near Courtland this past June.

Authorities have determined that 21-year-old Derek Lawrence Stavish of Sartell was the driver in the crash which killed 19-year-old Brent Lehnen of Albany. It was originally thought that

Lehnen was the driver, but investigators used eyewitness accounts and the placement of the seats in the pickup truck the two were in to determine that Stavish had been driving.

A warrant was issued for his arrest last week for felony criminal vehicular homicide.

He turned himself in and made an appearance in Nicollet County Court on Tuesday. Bail was set at $10,000 with conditions or $100,000 without.

The June 18th crash occurred at about 10:30pm near the intersection of Highway 14 and Nicollet County Road 25 just east of Courtland.

Authorities say neither man was wearing a seatbelt. Both were ejected from the pickup when it left the road and rolled. It was also determined that the two had been drinking that evening.

Lehnen was dead at the scene. Stavish received non-life threatening injuries.