Local Legislators Introducing Bill to Toughen Penalties for Vehicular Homicide

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (3/12/18)

St Paul, MN -- About a year and a half ago, 16 year old Carter Peterson of Ada was killed in a car accident when a 20 year old Ethan Stensgard failed to stop at an intersection near Borup and struck Peterson’s vehicle.  Stensgard, who had blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, walked away without injury. Stensgard was later sentenced to 51 months in jail for vehicular manslaughter. But some say that’s not enough. Representative Paul Marquart and State Senator Kent Eken are currently working on a bill with the Peterson family that would hopefully send a strong enough message to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

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And along with the tougher sentencing, Representative Marquart said the bill would also include funding to make people aware of the changes and require education for young drivers about the consequences of their actions.

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Marquart is hoping to have a hearing on that bill sometime soon. He joins the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program each Friday at 9am during the legislative session.