St. Paul Man Sent to Prison for Drunken Driving Crash that Injured Sobczak Sisters


A 46-year-old St. Paul man will serve prison time for drunken driving crash that seriously injured two Lake Elmo sisters on Highway 5 in August 2012.

Jon Wentz was sentenced to serve 33 months in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation in Washington County District Court. Five other charges were dismissed as a part of the plea deal.

Wentz was charged with eight felonies after an extensive crash reconstruction conducted by the Minnesota State Patrol. Investigators believe Wentz was traveling westbound on Highway 5 when he crossed over the center line into the eastbound lane , striking the Sobczak  sister’s car.

According to the complaint, Wentz had methadone in his system, and a  blood alcohol content of .08.

The Aug. 28, 2012 head-on crash sent Marah, 20, and Kalley Sobczak, 15, to the hospital with critical injuries.

As a result of the crash, the Sobczak sisters received severe injuries to their legs, spines, respiratory failure, traumatic brain injury, and an orbital bone fracture. It took emergency responders 50 minutes to extract the Marah, a two-time state hockey champion with Stillwater Area High School, out of the wreckage.

Marah has since returned to play hockey at Gustavus Adolphus. Kalley is a junior in high school.

Wentz Criminal Complaint

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