Moen sentenced for April 18 crash that claimed Wickham, Lee

Cody James Moen, 20, has been sentenced to concurrent terms of 48 and 58 months in prison for  two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.

The charges rose out of an automobile/ motorcycle crash that occurred on April 18 on County Road 17 approximately .1 mile east of Highway 10 in Sherburne County. Brien Orland Wickham and Jacquelyn Michelle Lee were killed after the motorcycle they were riding was struck by an automobile driven by Moen.

Moen was also ordered to pay restitution and provide a DNA sample. Moen was taken into custody immediately following the hearing to begin serving his sentence, according to Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney.

Moen appeared in Sherburne County District Court in Elk River on Oct. 22 for sentencing. He had previously pleaded guilty to these charges on Aug. 15.

The accident reconstruction by the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office determined that Moen’s vehicle was traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour at the beginning of the crash sequence.  Moen attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing lane on the right shoulder of County Road 17, skidded across the northbound lanes of the road, crossed the median, and struck the motorcycle in the south bound lanes of traffic.

Tenth Judicial District Judge Thomas Hayes sentenced Moen.

Sheriff Joel Brott stated: “This was an extremely difficult case for the families of Brien Wickham and Jacquelyn Lee.  My deepest condolences to them and I hope that the healing process for them can start with the sentencing of Mr. Moen.”

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