Nearly year in jail for fatigued driver who killed ‘inseparable’ Andover couple in crash
Nearly a year in jail stretched over the next decade is the sentence for an Anoka County man who hadn’t slept for nearly two days, and had a couple of beers soon after leaving work before causing a head-on crash that killed an “inseparable” couple.
Jeremy A. Miller, 29, of St. Francis, was sentenced last week in Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the collision on Nov. 2, 2015, that killed 71-year-old Richard J. Lindeen and 73-year-old Ann C. Lindeen, both of Andover.
The couple had been married for 51 years. A funeral home notice for the Lindeens described them as “inseparable. Their greatest love was for each other, their kids, granddaughters and family.”
The sentence from Judge James Cunningham Jr. allows Miller to be granted work release, and he can also ask the court on a yearly basis to “forgive jail time,” according to court records.
He’ll also be on probation for 15 years, and during that time he must perform 80 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol and make restitution of more than $35,000.
The crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m., when Miller was heading north on 7th, where his pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck the Lindeens’ van, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Miller told a sheriff’s deputy at the scene that he had been up for the past 40 hours, and went to a friend’s home and had a “couple of beers” after leaving work at 7 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.
The deputy found Miller to be disoriented, thinking it was 10 a.m., when it was actually 2 p.m., the charges read.
Also, the charging document continued, the deputy saw a cellphone in Miller’s lap, and “it appeared he was sending a text on that phone.”
Authorities had a blood sample from Miller tested, and his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.05 percent, within the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482