UPDATE: Sheriff: Woman who drove SUV into river was drunk

UPDATED Tuesday, February 4, 2014 --- 6:12 p.m.

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Toxicology results show a Minnesota woman was legally drunk when she drove an SUV into the Mississippi River last month, killing herself and her three male passengers.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says test results on the driver came in Tuesday. The Winona Daily News reports 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser of Winona had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, twice Minnesota's legal limit for driving.

Hauser failed to make a curve Jan. 5 and landed in the river.

Riding in the SUV were 29-year-old Matthew Patrick Erickson of Chatfield, 28-year-old Blake Overland of Stewartville and 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury of La Crosse, Wis. Erickson was found in the vehicle with Hauser. Overland's body was found the next day, and Kingsbury's body was found in the river nearly two weeks later.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Monday, January 20, 2014 --- 11:02 a.m.

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Recovery crews had talked about giving up the search for the fourth victim of a Mississippi River crash until spring just before they found his body.

Winona County Sheriff David Brand says he's grateful recovery crews were able to bring closure to the family of 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury of La Crosse, Wis.

Area law enforcement agencies and volunteers have conducted an underwater search for Kingsbury since an SUV crashed into the river Jan. 5. If his body wasn't found Sunday, authorities talked about suspending the search until there was open water on the Mississippi.

The Winona Daily News says a dive rescue team from Washington County joined the effort Sunday and located Kingbury's body downstream near the Interstate Bridge.

The bodies of two men who were Kingsbury's childhood friends and a woman were recovered earlier.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 8, 2014 --- 11:16 a.m.

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Winona County sheriff's officials are once again using special sonar equipment from Carver County in their search for a fourth person who is presumed drowned after an SUV plunged into the Mississippi River.

Sheriff Dave Brand said Wednesday search crews are also using a remote underwater camera operated by a Black River Falls, Wis., business in their efforts to find a 29-year-old La Crosse, Wis., man identified as Andrew Kingsbury.

KAGE reports about 100 people attended a prayer service near the search area in Winona Tuesday afternoon. The body of 28-year-old Blake Overland, of Stewartville, was recovered Monday. The bodies of the driver, 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, and one passenger, 30-year-old Mathew Erickson, were found inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water Sunday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2014 --- 9:52 a.m.

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- A search for a fourth victim presumed drowned when an SUV plunged into the Mississippi River is resuming in Winona County.

Sheriff Dave Brand says crews will drill holes in the ice and lower a camera into the river Tuesday. And, if the fourth victim is located, recovery divers will go into the icy river.

The body of a third victim, 28-year-old Blake Overland, of Stewartville, was found Monday when searchers used sonar in the area where the SUV crashed through the ice early Sunday. The bodies of the driver, 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, and one passenger, 30-year-old Mathew Erickson, were found inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water Sunday.

The person who is still missing and presumed drowned is identified as a 29-year-old La Crosse, Wis., man.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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