Cosmos Man Charged in Connection with Renville County Crash 16 Nov 17

OLIVIA — A Cosmos man is accused of grabbing the steering wheel of a car driven by his girlfriend and causing an accident that severely injured the woman, as well as himself, while causing minor injuries to five children also in the vehicle.

The West Central Tribune reports 28-year-old Damon Dwight Wiederhoft was arraigned Monday in Renville County District Court on felony first-degree assault, two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation — great bodily harm, and five gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.

The criminal complaint alleges that Wiederhoft was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle involved in the accident at 7:05 p.m. July 30 near the intersection of 870th Avenue and 580th Street in Renville County.

The driver of the car and defendant were both ejected from the vehicle and suffered severe trauma.

The court calendar shows Wiederhoft is next scheduled to be in court Jan. 19.