WATERTOWN, MN – Authorities are investigating the death of a 33-year-old woman from Watertown.
According to a press release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, sheriff’s deputies were called to the 800 block of Deerfield Road in Watertown at about 6:41 p.m. Nov. 14 because of an unresponsive woman in the roadway. As deputies arrived, Ridgeview paramedics were loading the victim into an ambulance for transport at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia.
Deputies spoke with Watertown fire personnel, who were first on-scene, and learned the victim had suffered traumatic injuries and needed immediate transport for medical treatment. Ridgeview emergency room personnel later informed deputies the victim had died from injuries sustained in the incident.
According to the press release, the preliminary investigation indicates that Jessica Suzanne Ludenia, 33, of Watertown, had been struck by a motor vehicle driven by her boyfriend, 42, also of Watertown.
Sheriff’s deputies summoned assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to process the scene for preservation and collection of physical evidence. The driver was subsequently arrested and booked into the Carver County Jail pending charges of criminal vehicular operation.
The matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.
UPDATE 11-17-17 According to a formal complaint, Casey Belden Hoskins, 42, of Watertown, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide – operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner, a felony. If convicted, this charge is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine.