Fatal Charges

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Attorney General Jon Bruning filed charges Thursday against a woman in a fatal car crash that killed three people.

Bruning charged Jennifer Hancock with three counts of felony motor vehicle homicide and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

The two-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 35 in Dakota County in April 2001.

Jeffrey Beacom, Talia Hancock, and Damien Wendte died in the wreck.

Bruning said the possession charge stemmed from evidence that Jennifer Hancock, who was driving one of the vehicles, allegedly had meth in her system at the time of the wreck.

Beacom was riding in a car driven by his brother, Andrew Beacom.

Wendte and Talia Hancock were Jennifer Hancock's children and were in a van she was driving.

Voters ousted Dakota County Attorney Robert Finney last year in a recall election after he declined to file charges against Hancock.

The four felony charges are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.