Chief Deputy: Heckel Has Previous Drunk Driving Offenses
The man who caused the double fatal crash near Pine City New Year’s Day has previous DWI convictions, says Pine County Chief Deputy Steve Ovick.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Michael Moris (right), 50, and Robin Moris (left), 48, both of Pine City were killed when their car was hit head-on by a Chevy truck driven by Scott Heckel, 44, of Pine City.
The State Patrol reports alcohol was detected in Heckel’s system at the time of the crash.
According to the accident report, Heckel was driving on Highway 70 and passed a Dodge Caravan driven by Patricia Denn, 59, of Frederic in a no passing zone at the crest of a hill and then struck the Moris’ Oldsmobile Intrigue head-on. The Intrigue driven by Michael Moris was traveling westbound on Highway 70.
Heckel was airlifted from the scene and remains in the hospital with what Ovick describes as “serious” injuries.
Ovick does expect charges to be filed once Heckel is medically able to be released.
Ovick on extent of charges:
Funeral services for Michael and Robin Moris are Friday. Details here.