The driver of the SUV involved in the fatal early morning crash on January 5, 2014, near the curve where Huff Street turns into Riverview Drive, was legally intoxicated, according to the newly-released toxicology report.
The autopsy of Christina Lee Hauser, 36, of Winona, indicated that she had a blood alcohol content of .16 percent at the time of the crash, which is twice the legal limit.
“It’s an open case that we are still working on,” Winona County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Kraig Glover said. “But we do know that alcohol was a factor.”
At the time of the accident, Hauser was driving Matthew Patrick Erickson, 29, of Chatfield, Andrew Kingsbury, 29, of La Crosse, Wis., and Blake Overland, 28, who had recently moved to Winona from Stewartville. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the three men were last seen leaving a local tavern with Hauser at 1:20 a.m.
The bodies of Hauser and Erickson were found buckled in the driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat, respectively, after rescuers pulled the SUV from the river. The body of Blake Overland was found the following day through use of sonar equipment. Rescue workers, many of whom were volunteers, recovered the body of Andrew Kingsbury on January 19, exactly two weeks after the accident. The somber process of locating Kingsbury was aided by several neighboring county law enforcement departments, which brought sonar equipment and underwater cameras. The search for Kingsbury ended when a robot equipped with sonar located the body after a cadaver dog led workers the area.
According to Winona County Sheriff’s deputies, autopsies determined all four victims drowned.