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Driver who caused fatal Hastings crash in 2010 charged with felony; he was traveling almost 90 mph

The driver who caused the fatal crash just north of the Hastings bridge on May 3, 2010, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide. The offense is a felony.

Anthony Lloyd Mancheski, a 20-year-old Maplewood man, was charged last month in Washington County. The accident involved four vehicles and killed one man, Brian Jacobson, a Lake City man and a member of the National Guard who served two tours in Iraq. Jacobson was married and had two children.

According to the complaint, Mancheski was late for work. He had been late twice in the past and was warned not to be late again. He was to be to work by 6:25 a.m. The crash occurred at approximately 6:20 a.m. The report does not specify where Mancheski was employed.

The complaint says that Mancheski was traveling in a red BMW and driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic and traveling at a high rate of speed. A member of the state patrol performed an accident reconstruction and said in the complaint that Mancheski was traveling between 83 and 89 miles per hour as he passed vehicles heading into Hastings on Highway 61.

A witness to the accident said the BMW "whizzed past" her, and she said his rate of speed "spooked" her.

As two lanes of traffic began to merge into one, Mancheski weaved from one side of the road to the other to pass as many vehicles as possible. That's when he lost control, hit a southbound car, crossed the median and struck the vehicle driven by Jacobson.

A dark history

Mancheski apparently hasn't learned from the crash. On Sept. 11, he was arrested and booked on suspicion of DWI after crashing into a tree in Maplewood.

And, three weeks after the Hastings crash, he was cited for speeding in Cottage Grove. He was traveling 85 mph in a 65-mph zone.

He was cited again for speeding in December and then again this May.