Tricounty News

Charges filed in fatal accident

Stephen Dooher, 22 of Waverly, was charged Friday, Oct. 31, with two counts of criminal-vehicular homicide for each of the three victims who died in a one-vehicle accident Monday, Oct. 27, on County Road 7, just south of County Road 35, about 8 miles west of Buffalo, Wright County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, that a vehicle was in the ditch west of Buffalo. Dooher was found pinned behind the steering wheel of a two-seater Chevrolet Corvette, and his three passengers, who had been ejected in the accident, were found dead nearby. They were identified as Andrea North, 23 of South Haven, Michael Demars, 22 of Maple Lake, and Derek Kammerer, 22 of Maple Lake. "The initial deputy on the scene smelled alcohol on his (Dooher's) breath," said Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes, and "Dooher gave a statement that he admitted to drinking." Witnesses reported that the four had been drinking and partying that night. Lutes said in seeking felony charges, which could lead up to 12 years in prison, he considered the fact that Dooher allowed four people to cram themselves into a car made for two. It is believed the accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, but was not discovered until after 11 a.m. the next day. Autopsy results on the three victims are pending. Lutes says none of the four was wearing a seat belt. The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office and Wright County Medical Examiner.