By Cara L. Dempski
HUDSON — An 18-year-old New Richmond man has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and one count of causing injury/operating under the influence (first offense) after a one-vehicle accident in the Town of Richmond.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of the January 29 accident at 1:47 a.m.. A preliminary investigation indicates Dalton R. Mundle of New Richmond was driving a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta eastbound on 170th Avenue when he failed to negotiate a 90-degree turn onto 112th Street, entered the ditch, hit a utility pole, and overturned.
Mundle had three passengers in the vehicle with him at the time of the accident. Kevante D. Crutchfield, age 21 of Idabel, Oklahoma, and Tianna N. McDermott, age 18 of Baldwin, were both injured and transported to Westfields Hospital with injuries.
The third passenger, Jordan M. Tulgren, age 19 of New Richmond, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner. Tulgren and Crutchfield were both wearing seat belts. It was unclear at the time of publication if Mundle was wearing a seatbelt.
Mundle appeared via video conference from St. Croix County jail in front of Judge R. Michael Waterman on January 30 for an initial hearing. He remained in the jail after bail was set at $25,000 cash bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court on February 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Vehicular homicide is a class D felony in the State of Wisconsin. If convicted, Mundle could face up to 25 years imprisonment, a fine not exceeding $100,000, or both.
The crash, which is the first traffic fatality in St. Croix County this year, remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office. New Richmond Police, New Richmond Fire and EMS, Hudson EMS and the St. Croix County Medical Examiner assisted at the scene.