Crowl Pleads Not Guilty; Trial Set

A Sheldon man… charged in connection with an all-terrain vehicle accident in July of 2016 that resulted in the death of a female passenger… has pleaded not guilty.

In December, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office charged 27-year-old Garret Richard Crowl with two counts of homicide by vehicle, one for operating while intoxicated and another for reckless driving.  The OWI charge is a class “B” felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison… the reckless driving charge is a class “C” felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison. His trial has been scheduled for April 17th in O’Brien County District Court.

The sheriff’s office says Crowl was the driver of the ATV, which crashed in a private recreation area two miles north of Sheldon. He lost control and collided with a tree. Killed in the crash was 25-year-old Shaleah Donovon. Neither were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. According to the criminal complaint filed against Crowl, he was operating the ATV recklessly while under the influence of a controlled substance.