The man reportedly driving the wrong way on a Rochester street before a fatal crash Saturday night had a blood alcohol concentration that was more than twice the legal limit to drive and hadn’t had a valid driver’s license for nearly 30 years, court records show.
Gerald Anthony Mohs, 57, was charged Monday with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of felony criminal vehicular operation, as well as four additional counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of driving after cancellation, all gross misdemeanors.
Mohs remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 conditional bond; his next court appearance has been set for Oct. 2.
The crash was reported about 8:15 p.m. Witnesses at the scene told law enforcement it appeared Mohs made a left turn from the northbound lane of Marion Road but didn’t go around the island dividing 12th Street Southeast. Instead, he drove west in the eastbound lanes.Mohs encountered three eastbound vehicles, officials said. The first was able to swerve out of the way, avoiding contact. The second vehicle, driven by a 19-year-old Rochester woman, was clipped by Mohs’ vehicle, which then hit the third vehicle head-on.
William Siems, 9, of Plainview, was in the third car, which was driven by his aunt, Amber Bishop, 29, of Stewartville.
Siems died of his injuries later that night at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Saint Marys Campus.
A woman at the scene told police that she got out of her car to help, and saw a man — later identified as Mohs — standing near the vehicle, a black Jeep, that had been driving the wrong way. Mohs approached her, the complaint says, and asked her if she “had a light,” then said, “this is my car,” as he pointed to the Jeep.
The woman said Mohs was gone from the scene a few moments later.