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Police: Speed, alcohol factors in fatal crash on Mississippi River

WINONA, MN (WTAQ) - Authorities said Monday that high speed and alcohol were factors in a January 5th SUV crash that killed four people, including one from Wisconsin.  

Officials in Winona County Minnesota said the driver, 36-year-old Christina Hauser of Winona, had a blood alcohol level of 0.168. That's just over twice the legal limit for drunk driving.  

Hauser and three childhood friends were in a vehicle that slammed through a guardrail in Winona, and plunged through the ice on the Mississippi River. 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury of La Crosse was the Wisconsinite who was killed.  

Sheriff Dave Brand said the four were returning from Wisconsin, and Hauser was going 49 miles an hour in a 30-zone just before the crash. Because she died, officials said she could not face criminal charges.  

Hauser and one man were in the SUV when it was pulled from the river the day of the crash. Another man was found the next day.  

Kingsbury was not found until two weeks later after an extensive search.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)