John Blue of Orono was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide for the fatal crash on Saturday, July 24 that resulted in the death of two men.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s office announced the charges on Monday afternoon days after the Orono Police Department released the results of Blue’s blood alcohol content last Friday.
Blue, 51, allegedly crashed his 2017 Bentley at 3120 North Shore Drive in Orono on Saturday, July 24, killing 24-year-old Sam Schuneman, and 20-year-old Mack Motzko. Motzko is the son of University of Minnesota men’s hockey head coach Bob Motzko.
Schuneman died at the scene while Motzko and Blue were transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale where Motzko later died and Blue was released after being treated for injuries.
According to the criminal complaint, just before 11:30 p.m. on July 24, Orono Police responded to multiple 911 calls regarding a single car crash on the 3100 block of North Shore Drive in Orono. When they arrived, police found a 2017 Bentley Flying Spur in a wooded area adjacent to North Shore Drive.
The car suffered extensive damage, having uprooted a tree that was still on top of it when police arrived. The two adult males were still in seat belts, trapped inside the car, with Schuneman in the front passenger seat and Motzko in the backseat, the complaint states.
Police found Blue approximately 10 feet in front of the car, having been flung from the vehicle. He had suffered injuries but was conscious when officers found him. Blue repeatedly stated to officers that he was “sorry,” and admitted to drinking and being “guilty,” the complaint states.
A witness, who is also the sister of Motzko and the boyfriend of Schuneman, told police that they were at a small party at Blue’s home. Blue was showing the victims his Bentley and the witness advised them that it would be unsafe to go for a ride at that time.
Hospital staff allegedly found THC gummies in Blue’s pocket, along with crushed up white pills and green capsules. Witnesses at the party later told officers Blue was taking shots of alcohol and had eaten THC gummies.
The lab results from Blue, the suspected driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal crash indicate a blood alcohol content of .175, more than twice over the legal limit.
Data obtained from the vehicle's airbag module indicated a speed of 94 - 99 mph seconds prior to the crash, the Orono Police Department said in a release last Friday afternoon.
Orono police officers were unable to conduct a field sobriety test at the scene because of Blue’s injuries but a blood sample was taken from Blue at North Memorial about 1 a.m. Sunday, less than two hours after the crash.
Blue turned himself into the Orono police on Wednesday, July 28 on charges of criminal vehicular homicide. He was booked into the Hennepin County jail at 4:49 p.m. and later released just after 9 p.m. without posting bail and with charges pending further investigation.