Trial Date Set for Cokato Man Charged in Triple Deadly Crash

Created: 04/02/2013 1:04 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

A trial date was set Tuesday for the Cokato man charged in a deadly crash that killed three generations of family.

Paul Wickenhauser is charged with four counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Operation and one count of possessing an open bottle. He was 21-years-old at the time of the crash.

According to court documents, Wickenhauser admitted to police he was drinking the night of the crash.

The State Patrol says Wickenhauser was driving a pickup truck east on Highway 12 near Willmar when he crossed the center line and hit a minivan head-on just after 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. The minivan went into the ditch and caught on fire.

Five-year-old Jason Hoffman was the only survivor of the crash. His mom, sister, and grandmother were all killed.

Forty-year-old Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie and her 68-year-old mother-in-law Marta Stoffers of Atwater died at the scene. Hoffman's 8-year-old daughter, Julia, was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Wickenhauser's pre-trial hearing is set for May 22. His trial date was set for July 30.