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Fatal car crash leads to vehicular homicide charges for Pipestone man

Derby was reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

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PIPESTONE — A warrant has been issued for a Pipestone resident on charges of criminal vehicular homicide, following a fatal rollover last month that resulted in the death of 52-year-old Ann Maria Horsch.

Raymond Mark Derby, 58, faces two counts of criminal vehicular homicide for the death resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle in a negligent manner and while under the influence of alcohol. Derby also faces a gross misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation and two fourth-degree misdemeanor DWI charges.

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The rollover occurred at 10:49 p.m. May 17. Law enforcement from the Minnesota State Patrol and the Pipestone County Sheriff's Office responded to the single-vehicle crash in rural Pipestone. Upon arrival, officers observed Derby with a damaged red Chevrolet Silverado. A second passenger, later identified as Horsch, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Derby told officers he driving back to Pipestone when the crash occurred, and that Horsch had grabbed the steering wheel from the passenger seat as they went around a curve. Derby said he attempted to turn the vehicle back on the road, causing the vehicle to roll. According to the criminal complaint, Derby’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.

Emergency services arrived, and Derby was transported to the Pipestone County Medical Center, where he consented to a blood draw by medical personnel. Derby’s blood-alcohol level was reportedly recorded at .091.

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He reportedly admitted to drinking two beers and two mixed drinks at a casino, prior to driving. His license was canceled for Inimical to Public Safety in July 2020.

if convicted, Derby faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and/or $20,000 fine for each of the criminal vehicular homicide charges. The charge of driving after cancellation carries a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine and each of the misdemeanor charges is punishable by 90 days imprisonment and/or a $1,000 fine.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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