57-year-old Gerald Anthony Mohs of Rochester has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, six counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of driving after cancellation after causing a fatal accident that took the life of a 9-year-old boy, a fourth grade student from Plainview, Minn.
Mohs was driving drunk on the wrong side of Rochester Street around 8pm on a Saturday night at the 1400 block of 12th Street SE. Eye witnesses say he first struck a Mountaineer and then a Kia Spectra head-on. The latter was the vehicle in which 9 year old William Siems was travelling with his aunt.
Mohs is Totally Irresponsible
Eye witnesses say the drunk driver forced the first vehicle to swerve to avoid impact. He then struck the side of a Mountaineer and collided head on with the Kia Spectra. Following the crash, Mohs seemed unperturbed. He smelled of alcohol when he asked a witness for a light and then left the scene of the accident. His BAC registered .172 percent, over twice the legal limit.
The boy succumbed to his injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital. According to Mohs’ wife, the couple visited Treasure Island Casino earlier in the day and then returned to Rochester. Following an argument, he left the house in her Jeep around 6pm. The police were unable to contact Mohs on the phone.
Mohs Gives Alcohol a Bad Name
Moh was nabbed later in the night after the police saw him staggering along Broadway Avenue, four miles from the crash site near Kwik Trip. The arresting officer noticed several injuries on his chest, hands, and right arm. He admitted to drinking at a bar or two and said he could not remember getting into an accident or explain his injuries. His driving privileges were cancelled in 1979. Jeremiah Bishop, Willy Siems cousin also sustained serious injuries in the crash which included a spinal injury. Mohs is being held on $750,000 bail.
Mohs Gives Humanity a Bad Name
Amber Bishop, mother of Jeremiah and Willy’s aunt who was driving the Kia Spectra, now questions what the authorities are going to do to keep a man with multiple DUIs off the streets. Unfortunately, Willy Siem’s grandfather was also the victim of a drunk driving crash nearly two decades ago. A benefit fund has been set up to help meet the expenses for Jeremiah’s medical bills. The family hopes that Jeremiah, who may never walk again due to an irresponsible 57 year old, will pull through.
According to DUI St Cloud MN attorneys, Mohs can face up to 10 years in prison and more than $20,000 in fines. Vehicular manslaughter is one of the recent additions to the list of homicide offenses. It addresses the reluctance of juries to attach the onus of manslaughter to a traffic accident. In most states, mere proof of intoxication is insufficient. Prosecutors must prove that the driving itself was careless.
Mohs should be Eliminated
Penalties for misdemeanor and felony vehicular manslaughter differ from state to state. In Minnesota, a person charged with the offense can face up to thirty years’ incarceration. In Mohs case, even this would not be enough for the damage he has caused to an innocent family.