GRANITE FALLS — A Granite Falls man was sentenced Tuesday in Yellow Medicine County District Court to 45 months in prison as part of a plea agreement in connection to charges stemming from a July 2020 crash near Granite Falls that killed a St. Cloud woman.
Adam Jon Keyser, 40, pleaded guilty to felony criminal vehicular homicide. As part of the plea agreement, a charge of felony criminal vehicular operation was dismissed.
District Judge Dwayne Knutsen credited Keyser with 213 days served, and ordered him to give a DNA sample and pay $150 in fines and fees.
The Yellow Medicine County Attorney's Office also requested Keyser pay $431.06 in restitution to the mother of Kasandra Lee Krum, 30, the woman killed following the crash.
According to the court file, a Minnesota State Patrol reconstruction found the vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Keyser, was traveling southeast on state Highway 67 on a straight and level part of the road.
The van crossed the center line and opposite lane and entered the ditch on the north side of the road. It traveled about 135 feet before striking a tree.
The reconstruction indicated that the vehicle had not braked or swerved, and there was no indication the driver attempted to regain control after the vehicle left the roadway. A vehicle inspection found no apparent mechanical defects.
Keyser was identified as the driver as he was pinned by the steering wheel and was still wearing a seat belt.
All three people in the vehicle were seriously injured. They were taken to Avera Granite Falls Health Center and transferred to other medical facilities. Keyser and another passenger were sent to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The other passenger, Krum, died of her injuries at the Granite Falls Airport during the process of transporting her to Minneapolis.
Krum died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the court record.
The passenger in the back seat, a 59-year-old woman who was unbelted, suffered numerous injuries including rib fractures on both sides, a fractured pelvis, collapsed lungs and head trauma.
The court record does not describe Keyser’s injuries.
In a search of the vehicle, officers found multiple bags of suspected marijuana along with drug paraphernalia. Before Keyser was transported to Sioux Falls, authorities received a search warrant for a sample of his blood. Tests indicated the presence of amphetamine, methamphetamine and tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Keyser was interviewed about the crash in September 2020. According to court records, he said he recalled driving the vehicle, knew where everyone was sitting in the car and where they were going. He said he was not tired, felt normal that day and “definitely wasn’t drunk.”
He allegedly said he had not smoked drugs for days before the crash, did not recall what happened before the crash and couldn’t explain why the vehicle went into the ditch.
Keyser's expected release date is Aug. 21, 2023.