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Bond set for man accused of causing double fatal OWI crash

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A $25,000 bond was set Monday for a man accused of causing a drunk driving crash that killed two passengers.

Portage County prosecutors wanted a much higher bond of $200,000 for 22-year-old Tim Saavedra of Loyal, but Judge Thomas Flugaur said no.

If he does make bond, Saavedra must stay away from places that serve alcohol, and cannot have contact with the victims’ families.

Authorities said the man’s pickup truck slammed into a group of trees early last Saturday west of Stevens Point. The crash killed passengers Melissa Peterson and Stephanie Eberhardt, both 21 from Wisconsin Rapids.

A 21-year-old Rudolph man was hospitalized in fair condition at last word.

Prosecutors expect to file charges of causing homicide and injury by drunk driving. Saavedra is due back in court on August 5th.