Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Amanda Leann Schlachter, age 29, of Apple Valley, was charged* today with one count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and three counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on April 6, 2013, in Apple Valley that took the life of 66-year-old James Frank Sundboom.
The following facts are contained in the criminal complaint filed today:
On April 6, 2013, at approximately 2:46 p.m., officers of the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a traffic crash in Apple Valley. Amanda Leann Schlachter was driving a Dodge minivan southbound on Garden View Drive. At the time of the crash Schlachter was an employee of a group home and was transporting clients. Schlachter had taken the group to do some shopping and to have lunch. They were on their return trip back to the group home. The evidence compiled in this investigation revealed that Schlachter ran a red light while dialing her cell phone, striking another vehicle. The van Schlachter was driving rolled onto its side and collided with a third vehicle. Mr. Sundboom, a passenger in the Dodge minivan, was seriously injured and transported to HCMC where he later died. Two adult males and one adult female also in the minivan were seriously injured, and one adult male in the minivan received minor injuries. Schlachter was also seriously injured.
Additional details pertaining to these charges can be found in the criminal complaint located at: Criminal Complaint Search
Backstrom commented: “This tragedy underscores the great danger associated with texting or dialing a cellphone while driving. Our deep sympathy is extended to the victim’s family.”
Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol for their thorough investigation of this case.
Amanda Schlachter has been charged by summons and will have her first court appearance next month.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.