Drunk Minnesota Pizza Delivery Guy Kills Pedestrian
A pizza delivery boy was under the influence of a controlled substance when he walked to a sidewalk in downtown Hopkins last week and fatally struck a pedestrian, new criminal charges have found.
Cole Venables, 28, of Minnetonka, was charged with felony manslaughter on Tuesday for driving an impaired vehicle, the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office said.
Venables was working for a pizza place when he crashed his car shortly before 7 p.m. Friday at Mainstreet and 15th Avenue South in downtown Hopkins.
Olivia DeMeuse, 26, of Hopkins was walking on the sidewalk when Venables jumped off the sidewalk, hit a light pole and hit her with her Dodge Charger, according to the charges. DeMeuse was stranded under the car, which had a pizza delivery sign on the roof, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Venables told police he fell asleep while driving on Mainstreet. He also told them that he was taking prescription drugs and illegally buying pills before his shift.
A restaurant manager asked him to return home soon after his shift because he was “too tired”, according to the charges.
Venables was convicted of impaired driving for an incident in November 2015. He made his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon.
Toxicological test results are pending.