Teen Sentenced in Crash that Killed 2, Injured 2 in Burnsville

Updated: 09/24/2013 7:40 AM
Created: 09/23/2013 4:01 PM
By: Maricella Miranda

An 18-year-old will serve 60 days in juvenile detention and 100 hours of community service for a crash that killed two teenagers and injured two others in Burnsville.

Joshua Lee Decoteau, who was identified in court records, was sentenced Monday in Dakota County Juvenile Court.

Decoteau, of St. Paul, who was 17 at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty earlier this month to two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide involving gross negligence resulting in substantial bodily harm. He also pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation involving gross negligence resulting in bodily harm.

The crash happened Aug. 21, 2012, on Buck Hill Road in Burnsville. Frederick Jeffrey Alexander, 16, and Alesha Katherine Roehl, 17, both of Burnsville, were killed in the crash. A 16-year-old Lakeville teen and a 17-year-old Burnsville teen were injured.

Witnesses told investigators a car was speeding and swerving before it crashed. The vehicle was southbound on Buck Hill Road, parallel to Interstate 35, around 2:30 p.m. when the driver lost control, went off the road, rolled several times down an embankment, through a fence, into a guardrail and onto the interstate near County Road 46.

Investigators believed speed was a factor in the crash.

Decoteau also was ordered to serve an additional 10 days in jail on the anniversary of the deaths in 2014 and 2015 as part of his sentence. The case was prosecuted under the state's extended juvenile jurisdiction statute, which allows for a stayed-adult prison sentence and extends the juvenile court's jurisdiction over the case until Decoteau reaches age 21.

Joshua Lee Decoteau, 18, was sentenced Monday as the driver of a deadly crash in Burnsville.
Photo: Photo courtesy of Joshua Decoteau's Facebook page.

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