Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Nicholas Anthony Indehar, age 21 of Inver Grove Heights, has been charged* with two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide (Negligence/Under the Influence and Gross Negligence) in connection with a fatal crash that took place in Inver Grove Heights on October 24, 2015, that resulted in the death of Kim Marie Caswell, age 42 of Roseville.
The allegations contained in the criminal complaint reflect that around 3:00 p.m. on October 24, 2015, a car driven by Nicholas Indehar drove through a stop sign at a high rate of speed crashing into the vehicle driven by the victim. The victim’s car was pushed into a utility pole which then cracked in half and fell on top of the victim’s vehicle. Several witnesses rushed to the crash scene and tried to help. Police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene. Because of the electrical instability of the power lines on the roof of the victim’s vehicle, Xcel Energy had to be contacted to shut off the power before rescue personnel could reach the victim. When they were able to do so, unfortunately the victim was deceased.
Officers at the scene noticed that Indehar had bloodshot and watery eyes and an odor of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Indehar was placed under arrest and transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries suffered in this crash.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search
. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search
Backstrom commented: “This appears to be another tragic example of impaired driving that has claimed a life on our roads.” Backstrom added this is the second impaired driving death in 2015 in Dakota County.
Backstrom extended his sympathy to the family and friends of Kim Caswell for their great loss. Backstrom thanked the Minnesota State Patrol who assisted in this case for their quick and thorough investigation and the Inver Grove Heights Police Department who also assisted.
Indehar made his first appearance in court today and bail in the amount of $250,000 without conditions ($200,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Erica MacDonald. Indehar’s next court appearance is set for November 24, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings. 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.