Northwood woman pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide, child endangerment resulting in death after July crash

NORTHWOOD — A Northwood woman charged with vehicular homicide after a crash in July that killed two in Worth County has pleaded not guilty.

24-year-old Maggie Harvey is accused of two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of child endangerment resulting in death.

Court documents state that Harvey was driving north on US Highway 65 just north of Kensett on the night of July 29th when she crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a southbound vehicle driven by 45-year-old John Hinderscheid of Albert Lea. Harvey’s vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top in the middle of the road, with it being struck by a semi driven by 62-year-old Dennis Stoneking of Northwood. The impact caused Harvey’s vehicle to spin in the roadway and come to rest in the west ditch.

Hinderscheid was pronounced dead at the scene as well as a passenger in Harvey’s vehicle, three-year-old Thielen Fausnaugh of Northwood. A criminal complaint states a blood alcohol test of Harvey indicated her blood alcohol content was .127, over the legal limit of .08.

All three charges Harvey is facing are Class B felonies, with each charge carrying a prison term of up to 25 years.

Harvey was due in court for her arraignment hearing today, but court records show she filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges on Friday. She also waived her right to a speedy trial.

Court records did not immediately list a trial date.