Additional Charges Filed Against Cokato Man 06 Feb 13

Prosecutors have filed three more felony charges of criminal vehicular operation against the 22-year-old Cokato man already facing multiple criminal counts for the triple fatal motor vehicle crash Aug. 17 east of Willmar.

The West Central Tribune reports the amended criminal complaint filed Jan. 30 in Kandiyohi County District Court brings to 15 the total felony charges against Paul Anthony Wickenhauser.

The omnibus hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday in the case was canceled and a new omnibus hearing date set for March 12. Wickenhauser also faces a misdemeanor charge for having an open
bottle.

The new charges of criminal vehicular operation are for the substantial bodily harm caused to the 5-year-old boy who survived the crash.

68-year-old Marta Stoffers of Atwater, her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie, and Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter Julia were all killed in the head-on crash. Hoffman’s 5-year-old son, Jason, was injured.
Wickenhauser was originally charged with four counts of criminal
vehicular homicide and injury, plus the misdemeanor for open bottle.

The complaint has been amended twice before, bringing charges of criminal vehicular operation based on blood alcohol content.