Charges are expected to be filed Tuesday against a Pequot Lakes man involved in a two-vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a Nisswa teenager.
Matthew Raymond Smoot, 24, is expected to be charged with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation following a Friday accident in which 16-year-old Joseph John Jordan was killed, Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said Monday.
Smoot was driving southbound about 11:15 p.m. on Highway 371 at Myers Road in Pequot Lakes when he crossed the centerline and collided head on with Jordan's vehicle. Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Matthew Smoot was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Smoot was driving under the influence of alcohol, the State Patrol reported. He is being held in the Crow Wing County jail for gross negligence in a traffic accident that resulted in death.
Jordan would have been a senior this fall at Pequot Lakes High School. Superintendent Percy Lingen said members of the football team have requested a jersey to use in a memorial at Jordan's funeral Tuesday.
"Everyone is just in shock," said Lingen. "For any student to die at that age, 16 ... we're just in shock. Like the whole community, we just want to be there for the family."
Lingen said school officials will address the needs of students when school starts in the fall. Smoot and two passengers in his vehicle also were injured in the collision.
Smoot was treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and released. Upon his release, he was arrested. John Alton Piffier, 21, Brainerd, was reported in good condition Monday at St. Joseph's Medical Center and Nicole Frances Glass, 19, Nisswa, was reported in satisfactory condition Monday at the Hennepin County Medical Center.
Friday's alcohol-related fatal accident was the third Crow Wing County accident in the past three months that resulted in an arrest or criminal charges.
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