A 55-year-old motorist has been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he caused a four-vehicle pileup in on a snowy and icy Coon Rapids road that killed a 2-year-old boy and injured others in his family.
Pedro R. Flores, of Blaine, was charged in Anoka County District Court with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, four counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of drunken driving in connection with the crash on Nov. 30, 2019, that killed Gautam Pujari, of Lino Lakes.
Flores, who was charged Friday by summons, declined to comment Monday about his role in the weekend afternoon pileup on Main Street just west of NW. Shenandoah Boulevard.
The charging document disclosed that court-authoritized testing determined that Flores had less than three hours after the crash a blood alcohol content of 0.038% percent, well below the legal limit for driving in Minnesota. But testing also revealed the presence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Flores’ criminal history in Minnesota includes a drunken driving conviction in 2017 in Sherburne County as well as speeding in northwestern Minnesota in 2012, going 104 miles per hour in a 70-mph zone. He also has a drunken driving conviction in Nevada on his record.
A 29-year-old motorist from Champlin, whose pickup truck got caught up in the crash, escaped injury. Mitch Heidmann then exited his car and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the 2-year-old, who was “laid out on the road,” until emergency responders arrived, according to the Sheriff’s Office and emergency dispatch audio.
According to the Sheriff’s Office and the criminal complaint:
Flores was heading east in his Dodge pickup truck and skidded sideways, over the median and into westbound traffic, where he hit the Lino Lakes family’s car head-on.
State Patrol investigators estimated that