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Driver's phone to be scrutinized in distracted driving case

Drew Fleming

STILLWATER — Data from the cellphone of a North Hudson man involved in a fatal crash will be reviewed before his trial next year — nearly three years after the collision that claimed the life of a Hudson mother.

According to Minnesota court records in Washington County, prosecutors and lawyers for 22-year-old Drew Fleming will now be able to utilize data from the phone he had with him at the time of the crash that killed Megan Goeltz, who was pregnant at the time of incident.

Prosecutors allege Fleming, who has pleaded not guilty to one count of misdemeanor reckless driving, was distracted by his phone at the time of the Feb. 29, 2016, crash in West Lakeland Township.

"The software to 'crack' an iPhone had not been previously available and this evidence may provide relevant evidence to the defendant's guilt or innocence," according to a June 5 letter to the court from prosecutors.

The letter states Fleming had no objection to rescheduling the trial, which has been set for Jan. 7. The new date represents at least the third time a jury trial in the case has been rescheduled.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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