Area juvenile to face vehicular homicide charges

A Grand Marais teenager is scheduled to appear in Sixth District Court today, facing four felony and seven gross misdemeanor charges.

The charges stem from a fatal June 13 vehicle accident on the Pike Lake Road.

According to the complaint, a group of seven people under the age of 21 had first gathered to party at a Cascade River campsite, then moved to a private residence. According to witnesses, alcohol was consumed at both sites as was marijuana.

Early on the morning of June 13 the defendant, with one juvenile and one adult passenger, took a vehicle from the residence which then subsequently hit a ditch and rolled near the intersection of Pike Lake Road and County Road 44. The 15 year old passenger was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Three of the felony charges relate to various forms of criminal vehicular homicide, the fourth is a charge of vehicular theft. At today’s hearing a motion will be filed to try the defendant as an adult.

In addition, the adult passenger, Thomas Adam Stacy, 18, is being charged with three counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person.