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Motorist in Friday's fatal accident charged with seven felonies

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Motorist in Friday's fatal accident charged with seven felonies
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Steven Daniel Tudahl, 25, Glenwood City, was charged with a long list of felonies and misdemeanors related to a St. Croix County fatal traffic accident on Friday, March 27.


Tudahl appeared in court on Tuesday and was charged with seven felonies -- homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, hit and run involving death, two counts of reckless driving causing great bodily harm, two counts of hit and run involving great bodily harm.

Two additional misdemeanor counts were also filed against Tudahl -- reckless driving causing great bodily harm and hit and run involving injury.

The charges stem from an accident in the Town of Cylon on Highway 63.

Larissa Christenson was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner, according to a sheriff's department news release. Court records indicate she lived in River Falls as recently as last summer.

Tudahl, the driver of the Explorer, was southbound on Hwy. 63 north of CTH S in the Town of Cylon when he crossed the center line and struck a northbound 1998 Buick Lasabre driven by Amy Dwyer, 26, of Clear Lake.

Dwyer and her two passengers, Noah Dwyer, 3, and Jaydin Dwyer, 4, were all transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul by New Richmond EMS and a pair of medical helicopters. They all had significant injuries. It has since been determined that Noah is permanently paralyzed.

Dwyer was wearing a seat belt and both children were in car seats, according to the sheriff's department. Christenson was not belted and it isn't known whether Tudahl was, deputies said.

Tudahl allegedly fled the scene on foot and was located a short time later near Precision Ag by sheriff's deputies. He was then transported to the New Richmond hospital by ambulance for treatment of injuries.

Court records show Tudahl was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a pending felony charge of intimidation or threatening someone and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, damage to property and obstructing or resisting an officer. Previous residences include Menomonie, New Richmond and Cottage Grove, Minn. He was scheduled for a court appearance on April 20.

Tudahl has had previous run-ins with the law, including a battery conviction in 2005 and a theft conviction in 2002.