Driver charged in crash that killed an 18-year-old woman

Sterling Haukom Photo: Olmsted County Jail. Sterling Haukom

Updated: February 25, 2021 06:53 PM
Created: February 25, 2021 04:54 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The man accused of driving through an intersection in Rochester and killing a 18-year-old woman is now officially charged.

Sterling Haukom, 34 of Rochester, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.

Rochester Police said Haukom was driving a Ford F-150 north on 8th Ave. when his truck reportedly went through the intersection of 12th St. SE and hit a Volkswagen Passat traveling east.

The impact sent both vehicles into a pole on the NE corner of the intersection before hitting a fence near Lincoln Elementary School.

According to court documents, Haukom was very animated and talking loudly and told officers that he was the driver of the Ford truck, that the other driver was deceased, and that he had killed her.

Officers could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. 

While interacting with officers, Haukom spontaneously stated, "I took that [expletive] woman's life, bud." Haukom was transported to St. Marys Hospital for blood which will be sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

Haukom was previously convicted in Olmsted County District Court of a misdemeanor DWI back in 2016.

Haukom was also charged with third-degree criminal damage to property in an unrelated case Thursday. According to court documents he reportedly drove in the yards of Rochester homes on Dec. 20, 2020, causing a combined total of $531.05 in damage.

Haukom is scheduled to be back in court on March 23. 

There is a candle lit vigil in memory of the Erika Cruz scheduled for Sunday, February 28 at 7pm at Lincoln K-8 Choice Elementary.

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