UPDATE: Driver Charged in Car Surfing Death

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 --- 8:15 a.m.

SIREN, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota man is charged with three felonies following a car surfing death in Wisconsin.

Prosecutors in Burnett County say 21-year-old Cole Fohrenkamm, of St. Paul, was driving the car from which a friend fell last August near Danbury. Shawn Swanson died the day after he and another man climbed on top of the car to `surf.' The 21-year-old Swanson suffered a severe head injury when he hit the road.

A criminal complaint says Fohrenkamm admitted to authorities that he had been drinking earlier in the day and was driving the car from which Swanson fell.

Charges against Fohrenkamm include homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. The Duluth News Tribune says Fohrenkamm is scheduled to appear in Burnett County Circuit Court Dec. 19.

A call to Fohrenkamm for comment indicated his phone number has been temporarily disconnected.


Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

Posted Friday, August 17, 2012 --- 7:40 a.m.

SIREN, Wis. (AP) -- The St. Paul, Minn. man behind the wheel in a car surfing accident that killed one of his best friends is expected to be criminally charged in Wisconsin.

The 21-year-old driver has posted bond after his arrest in Burnett County on a possible charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He's due in court Wednesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Shawn Swanson was killed after he climbed on top of an SUV last Saturday with his four friends inside. His mother, Renee Swanson, tells the Star Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/8zk4dnj ) they were "going faster than they should've been" and her son fell off the vehicle and hit his head.

Swanson and his friends from St. Paul Johnson High School were in Wisconsin for a weekend of boating and fishing.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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