Cosmos Man in Court/Accused of Causing Crash 22 Jan 18

(KWLM/Olivia MN-) A settlement conference was held Friday for a Cosmos man accused of grabbing the steering wheel of an SUV he was riding in and causing a crash.

The crash happened July 30th on a road southwest of Hutchinson and injured the driver, 27-year-old Jennifer Risk of Hector and passenger Damon Wiederhoft, age 29 of Cosmos…both were ejected in the rollover.

There were also five children in the vehicle at the time, but none were seriously injured. Court records say Wiederhoft grabbed the wheel as Risk was driving and caused the Chevy Suburban to roll. He has been charged with 1st Degree Assault and 2 counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation, all felonies, and five counts of gross misdemeanor Child Endangerment. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

After Friday’s conference in Renville County District Court in Olivia, another conference was scheduled for March 16th, and a jury trial was set for April 17th. Wiederhoft is free without bail.