Semi Driver Who Killed A Highway Worker From Pillager Sentenced

A semi driver charged in connection to a fatal crash on Interstate 94 in Rogers in October 2018 that killed a Pillager man has been sentenced over four years prison.

According to court records, 48-year-old Tate Doom, of St. Paul Park, was sentenced to 51 months to be served at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility.

Doom had previously pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in connection to the crash on October 2, 2018, which killed 59-year-old Vernon Hedquist, a construction worker from Pillager.

Authorities alleged that Doom downloaded and watched several video files on his phone prior to rear-ending a pickup pulling a trailer that was traveling through a construction zone on eastbound I-94.

The impact of the crash separated the trailer from the truck and it flew into a construction zone, killing Hedquist and injuring another construction worker.

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