Wickenhauser to Pay Restitution in Fatal Crash 11 Dec 13

Paul Wickenhauser, the 22-year-old Cokato man sentenced to prison for the August 2012 motor vehicle crash that killed three people east of Willmar, was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $37,000 in restitution to the victims’ survivors and their insurance company.

The West Central Tribune reports District Judge Donald Spilseth ordered that Wickenhauser pay $3,256 to the insurance company, $17,856.70 to Gregory Stoffers and $16,254.26 to Michael Hoffman. The total amount of restitution was $37,366.96.

Stoffers and Hoffman are the survivors of 68-year-old Martha Stoffers of Atwater; her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie; and Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter, Julia. They were killed in a fiery crash Aug. 17, 2012, near where U.S. Highway 12 intersects with Kandiyohi County Road 127. The Hoffmans’ 5-year-old son, Jason, also suffered injuries in the crash.

Wickenhauser was sentenced in August to 67 months in prison and $3,000 in fines on felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide or operation – with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. There was one count for each of the three victims.