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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A former Rochester man today entered a guilty plea to a DWI charge connected to a fatal traffic incident in 2021.

Under the terms of the plea agreement worked out with 43-year-old Will Hanson, a felony drug possession charge was dismissed. Hansen, who now lives in Hermantown, is scheduled to be sentenced for the misdemeanor DWI conviction in April.

He was driving a pickup that struck and killed 48-year-old Joseph Rodriguez of Rochester on the night of May 15, 2021. Hanson told Rochester police that he was driving around 45 mph in the 2400 block of 20th Street Southeast when 48-year-old Joseph Rodriguez appeared in front of his vehicle waving his arms. Hanson indicated he could not stop in time to avoid hitting the Rochester man.


According to the criminal complaint, the police officers called to the scene noticed Hanson exhibiting signs of impairment. About 3.5 grams of me and drug paraphernalia were found in his pickup. The court record also says a blood sample from Hanson later tested positive for the presence of amphetamines and methamphetamines.

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