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Glenwood city man charged in fatal crash

Steven Tudahl charged

A Glenwood City man has been charged with seven felony counts in connection with the death of a passenger in a two-car crash March 27 in the town of Cylon.

Steven Daniel Tudahl, 23, 227 Maple St., made an initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court March 31. Judge Scott R. Needham continued a $20,000 cash bail and a preliminary hearing was set for April 8 and 10 a.m.

Tudahl was charged with felony homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, hit and run involving death, two counts of reckless driving causing great bodily harm, two counts of hit and run involving bodily harm and misdemeanor reckless driving and hit and run.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the intersection of Hwy 63 and County Road S at about 9 p.m. for a two-car collision between Tudahl's Ford Explorer and a Buick driven by Amy Dwyer.

The criminal complaint said Trudahl crossed the center line and entered the northbound lane sideways when he struck the Buick then rolled over in the ditch. Deputies found Larissa Dawn Christensen, 27, Glenwood City, was thrown from the SUV into the ditch. She died at the scene.

The driver of the Buick, Amy Faye Dwyer, 26, Clear Lake, and passengers Noah Dwyer, 3, and Jaydin Dwyer, 4, were taken to regions hospital.

The criminal complaint said Noah Dwyer suffered a severed spine and was paralyzed. Jaydin Dwyer suffered a broken leg and bruises to her face. Amy Dwyer was wearing was wearing a seatbelt and the two children were in child car seats.

The criminal complaint said a tow truck driver heard a man yelling from the Ford Explorer in the ditch but when deputies got to the vehicle there was no one inside. A sheriff's dog tracked Trudahl from the crash site and he was apprehended among the buildings at Precision Agriculture.

Trudahl allegedly told investigators he had been awake since 4:30 a.m. and had consumed three shots of brandy for a bad tooth. He said a deer jumped in front of him and prior to the collision, according to the criminal complaint.