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Update: Teen clings to life after auto crash

Timothy Casa De Calvo III1 / 2
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A 19-year-old Hudson man was critically injured when his car was broadsided by a pickup truck Sunday night in the town of Hudson.

Timothy M. Casa De Calvo III was airlifted from the scene to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he has already undergone a couple of what will likely be numerous surgeries, according to his mother, Billie Jo Barker.

Barker said in a call to the Star-Observer Tuesday morning that Timothy's abdominal cavity was destroyed in the crash and he is unable to breathe on his own. He also has a serious head injury and remains unconscious.

Casa De Calvo's 8-year-old sister was with him in the 1997 Ford Taurus he was driving. They were both wearing seat belts. She was taken to Regions by ambulance and released after being treated for minor cuts.

Casa De Calvo had a green light and was making a left turn onto southbound Hwy. 12 from Badlands Road when his car was hit by the northbound pickup truck driven by Gregory L. Sanderson, 47, also of Hudson, according to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department.

Sanderson wasn't seriously injured in the accident. He was booked into St. Croix County Jail for allegedly causing injury by intoxicated driving and also was cited for refusing to take an alcohol breath test.

He later was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors in connection with the accident.

Sanderson made his initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Tuesday on the felony counts of causing injury by intoxicated driving and causing great bodily harm by negligent driving, and the misdemeanor counts of second-offense drunken driving and causing injury by negligent driving.

The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of more than nine years in prison.

A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for April 8.

Sanderson was still in jail as of Wednesday. His bail is set at $20,000.

Barker was in a car behind her son and witnessed the crash that happened at about 8:40 p.m.

She called the Star-Observer to say that Sanderson has a previous conviction for intoxicated driving in California. She said he had been at a town of Hudson bar just prior to the crash.

Casa De Calvo, a student at Century College, had just celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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