Mower County releases identity of man killed in last week’s crash

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) – 89-year-old, William Richard Regner from Austin was the only occupant a minivan driving westbound when he was hit broadside.

It happened at the intersection of County Road 28 and County Road 29, where a stop sign controls traffic on 28.

31-year-old Christopher Stewart of Austin was driving a pickup northbound that struck the minivan — he is charged with a felony, Criminal Vehicular Homicide-Operating a Vehicle in a Negligent Manner While Under the Influence.

His driver’s license had been revoked.

According to a criminal complaint, Stewart failed a field sobriety test and admitted to a sheriff’s deputy on the scene that he had taken an amphetamine called Adderall.

Stewart was jailed Thursday at Austin and a blood sample drawn.  Sheriff Steve Sandvik said it could take weeks before the results of that blood test come back.  In the meantime, Stewart was released on bond on the felony charge and two other misdemeanor charges.

An initial court appearance date was set in Stewart’s case for May 23.

The incident is still under investigation.

Christopher Stewart mug shot
Alex Tejada

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