Corcoran Man Sentenced in Fatal Plymouth Crash
A man with a long history of speeding violations was sentenced this week for a crash that killed a Plymouth woman.
According to criminal charges, Christopher Keyes, 45, of Corcoran, was driving at least 95 miles per hour in his Lexus seconds before he struck and killed 75-year-old Sandra Wetterlind of Plymouth.
The May 6, 2022 crash occurred on County Road 101 at the 38th Avenue North intersection in a 45-mph zone. The criminal complaint says the impact of the crash pushed Wetterlind’s vehicle into the back portion of a nearby townhome.
In addition to speeding, Keyes was driving without a valid license, the charges showed.
According to terms of a plea deal, Keyes must serve one year in the Hennepin County workhouse. A four-year prison term was stayed unless Keyes violates conditions of his agreement over the next five years. Those conditions include: remain law abiding, complete a safe driving course, attend a victim impact panel and pay a $1,000 fine.
A report by Judge Kerry Meyer checked that Keyes was “particularly amenable to probation” and “shows remorse/accepts responsibility.”
Police say Wetterlind was turning left at the intersection when she was struck on the passenger side. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner listed multiple blunt force injuries as cause of death due to the crash.
Court records show Keyes was ticketed for speeding seven times since November 2019. That included a speeding ticket on June 3, 2022 for driving 88 mph in a 60-mph zone — less than a month after the fatal crash.