The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed seven felony charges Friday against Jon Ross Wentz of St. Paul in connection an Aug. 28, 2012, car accident on Minnesota 5 in Lake Elmo that left two Stillwater sisters seriously injured.
Charges filed against Wentz include two counts of criminal vehicular homicide or operation with an alcohol concentration of .08 within two hours; two counts of operating a vehicle with negligence under the influence of alcohol; two counts of operating a vehicle with negligence under the influence of a controlled substance, and DWI.
According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, Wentz was westbound on MN 5 and crossed the center line into the eastbound lane striking a vehicle driven by Marah Sobczak. Wentz, Marah Sobczak and Sobczak’s sister, Kalley, all suffered extensive serious injuries to their legs and spines. The Sobczak sisters suffered extensive serious leg and spine injuries, respiratory failure, traumatic brain injury and an orbital bone fracture, according to a news release from the county attorney’s office. The two women continue to receive treatment a year after the accident.
Investigators discovered that Wentz had methadone in his system along with a blood alcohol content of .08 two hours after the crash, the new release added.
“Driving under the influence of controlled substances and alcohol and causing death and injuries on our highways has become a scourge in our community. My office has long ago pledged to take the strongest possible stance in these types of cases to insure the victims receive their due justice,” said County Attorney Pete Orput.
Complaint reports filed by Orput’s office indicate that at the time of the crash Wentz had no driving privileges due to a prior DWI charge and conviction from 2011 and had no insurance. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers were informed that a driving complaint had allegedly been made about Wentz’s car an hour before the crash.
The charges against Wentz were filed after months of extensive crash reconstruction conducted by state troopers.