On eve of vehicular homicide trail, Northwood woman enters plea agreement, faces ten years in prison

NORTHWOOD — The vehicular homicide trial of a Northwood woman involved in a fatal crash back in July of last year was scheduled to start today, but a plea agreement was finalized on Tuesday.

25-year-old Maggie Harvey was 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 last year 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 was facing were Class B felonies, with each charge carrying a prison term of up to 25 years.

Harvey pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of vehicular homicide, a Class C felony, with the other two counts being dismissed. The recommendation for sentencing will be a ten year prison sentence and $150,000 in restitution when she is sentenced at a later date.