Man charged in fatal November crash

13-year-old was killed

Logan Christensen

A man tested positive for alcohol, cocaine and the active ingredient in marijuana shortly after a fatal November crash he is accused of causing, according to court records.

Logan A. Christensen, 38, of Eagle Grove, now faces multiple criminal charges in connection with the crash that killed Kyle Hilbert, 13, of Hardy, and seriously injured Sara Sanga, of Hardy.

Court records show that Christensen has been charged with:

• Homicide by vehicle, operating under the influence

• Serious injury by vehicle, OWI

• Failure to obey stop sign and yield right of way

Christensen made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday. He posted a $30,000 cash bond and was released from jail.

A preliminary hearing on the homicide by vehicle and serious injury by vehicle charges was scheduled for June 5.

Court action on the failure to obey stop sign charge was postponed for 180 days. It is common for action on lesser charges to be postponed while more serious charges are processed.

The deadly crash happened at 3:42 p.m. Nov. 22, 2023, at Union Avenue and 110th Street in northeastern Webster County.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Christensen was driving a 2014 Ram 1500 pickup westbound on 110th Street when he failed to stop for the stop sign at Union Avenue. His truck hit a northbound Toyota Camry operated by Sanga. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch on the northwest side of the intersection.

Sanga was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment of her injuries.

Christensen was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge for treatment.

In the criminal complaints filed against him, troopers reported that Christensen smelled of alcohol. They wrote that he admitted drinking “two captain and cokes” that day.

Troopers obtained a warrant to get blood samples from Christensen.

According to the criminal complaints, Christensen had a blood alcohol content of .041. A blood alcohol content of .08 is presumed intoxication under Iowa law.

However, his blood also tested positive for cocaine and THC, the substance in marijuana that makes users get high, according to the criminal complaints.


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