GONVICK, Minn. — A Gonvick woman was sentenced to almost five years in prison for vehicular homicide under the influence of alcohol after pleading guilty to backing over her boyfriend with a pickup after a night of drinking in August. She also was ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution. A second count of vehicular homicide was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
At the time of the incident on Aug. 23, Beth Rose Windus' driver's license had been revoked since 2016. According to court documents, responding officers said the body of Jonathon Neil Sundquist, 47, was found outside a rural Gonvick home with injuries to his head.
Windus, 47, told investigators that she and Sundquist were in a relationship, lived together and had been arguing the day of his death because she had not cooked dinner when he came home from work. The pair went out to eat and buy beer, and stopped at a bar on the way home. According to court documents, once back in their driveway, Sundquist got out of the car and Windus backed up. She told investigators she felt a "thumb, thump," saw Sundquist not moving on the ground and left the driveway feeling "a little pissed off."
According to court documents, Windus drove to a friend's house just after midnight and appeared frightened, and asked her friend to go to her home. The woman found Sundquist in the driveway and called 911. First responders unsuccessfully performed CPR on Sundquist, who died just before 12:30 a.m. Aug. 24.
Windus was previously on probation for driving while impaired.
Gonvick is about 45 miles northwest of Bemidji.