Ramsey County District Judge Salvador Rosas on Friday ordered a Minneapolis man who drove drunk and killed a college student to view traffic camera footage and photos of the accident.
“You’ve been trying to insulate yourself” from what happened that night, Rosas told Eugene M. Farrell. “I’m not going to let you do that anymore.”
Rosas’ orders were handed down as he sentenced Farrell to a year in the Ramsey County workhouse and 15 years’ probation for the Dec. 18, 2011, crash that killed Marcus P. Andary of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. If Farrell violates the terms of his probation, he will have to serve about six years in prison.
Farrell, 63, pleaded guilty in April to criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation.
Andary, 21, was driving westbound on Interstate 94 when he tried to merge into an exit lane in St. Paul. The vehicle there wouldn’t let him through, so Andary moved out of its way. He struck another vehicle driven by Alicia A. Kaufenberg. Her car rolled and landed on its roof. Andary and another driver, Keith Barnes, stopped to help Kaufenberg, who crawled out of her car. That’s when Farrell’s minivan plowed into them and the upturned car, throwing Andary into the freeway, where another car hit him.
Farrell had been drinking at two bars and was on his way to a third bar, said assistant Ramsey County attorney Karen Kugler. His blood alcohol level was 0.09 percent.
Kugler and Andary’s sisters and mother urged Rosas to give Farrell prison time, but Rosas said Farrell had no previous drunken-driving convictions and took steps to seek treatment. Farrell admitted in court to a long struggle with alcohol beginning in his teens.
Andary’s sisters and mother said he was a selfless young man who held a 4.0 grade-point average at Iowa State University and served as his family’s voice of reason, even though he was the youngest of four children.
“That night he was taken from us was no accident,” his sister Lara Andary said. “It was a choice.”