Posted at: 06/28/2013 5:28 PM
Updated at: 06/28/2013 6:29 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
The man accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Hinckley was formally charged in Pine County Friday.
Thirty-one-year-old Derek Anthony Sanders, of Wyoming, Minnesota, is charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
Sanders allegedly hit 24-year-old Trevor Langlois, also of Wyoming, with his truck while he stood next to his truck on an Interstate 35 entrance ramp. The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash happened just before 11 p.m. Monday, June 17.
Langlois was airlifted to a Duluth hospital where he died six days later.
Sanders was arrested Wednesday, June 26, at his parent's house in Wyoming after a woman reported seeing a truck with front-end damage and a missing mirror in Bloomington, according to a criminal complaint. It says Sanders "initially stated he struck a tree but then admitted be struck a truck on southbound Interstate 35 in Hinckley."
The complaint says Sanders "hit something 'and was looking down or something' when he heard a crunch coming from the mirror area. The defendant [Sanders] stated he didn't stop and didn't even really look behind him."
In the complaint, Sanders says he started drinking around 4:30 or 5 o'clock that afternoon, which is between 6 and 7 hours before the crash.
In the complaint Sanders is quoted as saying "I had too many. I shouldn't probably have been in my truck. Half a dozen or so...I don't know."
The Pine County Jail tells Eyewitness News Sanders was released on bond. We looked into Sanders' criminal history and found records of driving without insurance and speeding.