FARGO — Charges have been filed against a Fargo man accused of driving drunk and killing his passenger in a weekend crash.
Cass County prosecutors filed several charges, including a Class A felony of criminal vehicular homicide, against Elijah Jace Viestenz, 19, late Tuesday, Feb. 16. He is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing a vehicle he was driving shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, near Great Northern Drive and 18th Street North in Fargo, according to a court document that stated the charges against him.
A report detailing the events of the incident had not been made public as of Wednesday morning since he had not been arrested, but police said they found Isaiah James Johnson, 21, of Fargo, unresponsive on the ground near the badly damaged vehicle. A Fargo Police Department spokeswoman confirmed Johnson, who later died of his injuries at a hospital, was Viestenz’s passenger.
Viestenz allegedly fled the scene of the crash but was later found in West Fargo, police said. He was also taken to a hospital to be treated for unknown injuries.
Viestenz’s blood sample was sent to a lab for analysis, police said.
In addition to the criminal vehicular homicide charge, Viestenz also faces a Class B felony of leaving the scene of an accident, as well as two misdemeanors — minor in consumption and minor in a liquor establishment.