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Saavedra reaches plea deal in drunk driving deaths


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - The man accused of killing two passengers in a drunk driving crash in Rudolph has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

22-year-old Timothy Saavedra pled no contest today to two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Counts of 2nd degree reckless homicide and other drunk driving charges will be dismissed and read into the record.

Prosecutors will be asking for 15 years in prison and 15 years on extended supervision when Saavedra is sentenced in May.

Police say he was behind the wheel June 20th when his truck went off the road, killing 21-year-old Melissa Peterson-Suzda and 21-year-old Stephanie Eberhardt. The other victim in the truck, 21-year-old Lee Hogan was airlifted to a hospital and survived the crash.

Data recovered from the truck shows it was going 94 miles an hour before the crash and police say he blew a 0.14 BAC after the crash.