Teen sentenced for deadly Dodge County rollover

One person was killed in December 2015 crash.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 2:35 PM

MANTORVILLE, Minn. – A 19-year-old woman has been sentenced for a fatal crash.

Candace Marie Utech was originally charged with criminal vehicular homicide and reckless driving for the rollover accident on December 18, 2015. The Minnesota State Patrol says Utech, then 17, was driving around 90 miles an hour when she lost control in the area of 275th Avenue and 545th Street in Dodge County. Utech’s vehicle rolled for 160 feet and three teenage passengers were ejected.

One of them, 18-year-old Logan Matthew Maas of Dodge Center, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say Utech admitted to driving at a high rate of speed over what she called “whoopee hill” to create a feeling like a roller coaster. Utech also reportedly said she had driven over the hill two previous times that evening before the fatal crash.

In July, Utech pleaded guilty to reckless driving. On Wednesday, she was sentenced to supervised probation until her 21st birthday and must perform 100 hours of community work service.

Article Comments

Mason City
61° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 61°
Albert Lea
59° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 59°
63° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 63°
Charles City
64° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 64°
62° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 62°
Tracking an active pattern to end the work week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video


Re election kickoff watch party


Rallying for Sudan


Extra speed enforcement


Local sports highlights from Tuesday


Renewing the Mental Health Coordinator


Four IA Counties meet to discuss disaster recovery


Gifted and Talented Symposium


Chris Norton Wheelchair Camp


Freeborn County Relay for Life

Storm Team 3: Warm end to June

Community Events