Man Sentenced for Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Winona St. Student
Winona, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Winona man who was convicted in a wrong-way crash that killed a 22-year-old Winona State student in February is heading to jail.
A Winona County Judge sentenced 36-year-old Adam Anderson to four years in prison Wednesday. Anderson entered guilty pleas to a felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and a gross misdemeanor charge of criminal vehicular operation in August through the Norgaard plea, which means he admitted guilt but does not recall his actions due to drug or alcohol impairment.
Court records say Anderson was driving north in the southbound lanes of Highway 61 in Winona when his pickup crashed into a passenger car at the intersection with Highway 43. The February 19th collision caused the car to roll over into the ditch.
One of the passengers in the car, Hannah Goman of Stevens Point Wisconsin, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries. The driver and another passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while Anderson and his passenger were not hurt, according to the State Patrol’s accident report.
A Winona police officer who responded to the crash and a witness reported detecting the strong odor of alcohol coming from Anderson's pickup. Other officers smelled alcohol on Anderson and noted his speech was slurred and he seemed disoriented, the complaint says.
Court records say Anderson refused to submit to a preliminary breath test at the scene and then refused to voluntarily submit a blood sample for testing when he arrived at the Winona hospital, "explaining it was against his religion to have his blood drawn because he was a Christian." A search warrant was eventually issued for a blood draw, according to court documents.