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Driver in fatal crash jailed on $25K cash bond

A judge on Monday ordered the 22-year-old driver of a pickup truck that crashed and killed two young women to be jailed on $25,000 cash, according to online court records.

Tim Saavedra appeared via video from the Portage County Jail before Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur about two days after the crash that killed Melissa Peterson and Stephanie Eberhardt, both 21, on a rural Portage County road. A third passenger was injured.

The pickup truck rolled over on Gumz Road about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and crashed against some trees, investigators said. They cited speed and alcohol as factors in the crash.

During Monday's hearing, District Attorney Louis Molepske Jr. told the judge he expected to charge Saavedra with homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle and injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle by Aug. 5, according to court records. Flugaur ruled that there was probable cause a crime was committed and Saavedra committed it.


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say charges are likely in a Portage County crash that killed two women.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the 22-year-old driver of a pickup that crashed into several trees Saturday in the Town of Linwood. Authorities say Melissa Peterson and Stephanie Eberhardt, both 21, were back seat passengers and were killed in the crash. A front seat passenger, a 21-year-old Rudolph man, was extricated from the truck and airlifted to a Marshfield hospital. Authorities say he's in fair condition.The driver is in the Portage County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Monday for a bond hearing.

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