Mike VanWagner allegedly kills teen in drunken wreck, posts pic of totaled car with smiley face

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Mike VanWagner and his son.
:::: UPDATE :::: Charges: Mike VanWagner, man who posted smiley face following fatal wreck, had .29 BAL

Around 3 p.m. on July 24, Coon Rapids resident Mike VanWagner was allegedly involved in two accidents in quick succession along Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park.

First, he sideswiped a vehicle. But that didn't stop him, and tragically, the second incident would be much more serious.

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According to the State Patrol, at 252 and 73rd Avenue, VanWagner, driving a Pontiac Grand Am, struck a Buick LeSabre driven by 16-year-old Jason McCarthy.

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Photo of Jason McCarthy from CaringBridge

McCarthy suffered a severe brain injury. In a July 26 post on his CaringBridge page, Tara McCarthy wrote, "After the tests were read yesterday we found out that the injuries to Jason during the impact of the accident were too much for him to survive. Jason is currently on life support so family can get here and say goodbye."

"He is so very special," she continued. "We love him so much, our wonderful Jason."

State Patrol spokesman Jesse Grabow tells us VanWagner, 24, smelled of booze when officers arrived at the scene of the wreck. He was seriously injured and transported to the hospital, where his blood was drawn. Grabow said VanWagner hasn't yet been charged as authorities await the results of the blood test, which could take up to a month.

But the same day the McCarthy family was grieving Jason, here's what VanWagner was posting on Facebook:

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When his friends asked him what happened in the comments to another post, here's how VanWagner replied:

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Those posts have since been deleted. Here's more of what VanWagner was posting shortly after the accident:

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Not only that, but in recent days, VanWagner has been sharing photos that are extremely questionable in light of his alleged drunk driving and its tragic outcome.

(To see them, click to page two.)


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jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler

Unbelievable. I cant even fathom how hard this may be for both families.

britt88
britt88

im gonna have to make a trip to his house from georgia pos dads bother me my kids dad is a pos that drives unlicensed and drunk he just got outta jail for driving with out a license but this guy actually killed somebody its rediculous he will get away with murder 

davis33
davis33

Look at that meth head he's ate the fuck up and notice he posted the original comments about the hospital and yard work at 4:30am $1000 says he's a tweaker someone needs to drag him out in the back of his meth lab an shoot him in the face while his kids only 18 months old so hopefully that kid he has won't remember what a POS "father" he has

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

very sad that a life was lost because our courts let these people back into society to do it all over again

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

Damn. Looks like he reproduced.

Pamela Huseby
Pamela Huseby

So sorry you had to witness such a horrible tragedy. You are amazing for being there for that young man. I don't know who the kid was, I'm just really glad you were there for him.

MetalMickey
MetalMickey

Drinking, lord, he was probably high too!  Why has the locals paid him a visit to vent their disgust?  Maybe someone should send a letter of protest to his work?  If he has a job at all.


I congratulate the person who was able to witness and help those impacted but someone with no regard for anyone else's safety.  Maybe someone should take his son away to see how it feels to lose someone.

Timothy Eugene Eiden
Timothy Eugene Eiden

Yeah, and the general public and govt frowns upon me for being a smoker. They put no smoking laws in place to protect people from terrible smokers such as myself. But hey, assholes like this get inebriated and kills someone. I think the govt and people need to reevaluate their priorities, because this happens all to often and nothing changes. My heart goes out to the victims family. This piece of shit should rot in hell!

Angela Elizabeth Liuzzi
Angela Elizabeth Liuzzi

Thank you mr. Peterson. As jenny said above, we work with his mother and this has been an unthinkable tragedy. Words cannot express my gratitude.

Jenny Derasmi
Jenny Derasmi

Thank you for sitting with him, he was my co worker son. We all work in healthcare and this has hit all of us hard. I can not thank you enough.

James D Zinmer
James D Zinmer

We must find him string him up by his balls then piss on him

Ryan Decker
Ryan Decker

What a Douche bag! That poor young kid killed so sad! Him going to prison will maybe give his kid a chance to not be a loser like his father.

Alex Jones
Alex Jones

People in Minnesota are dumb as hell

Nicki Gustafson
Nicki Gustafson

Brandon Fessenden, story i was telling you about earlier.

Anne Bartz
Anne Bartz

No conscience--no empathy--no humanity? Please get help.

Kyle Howard
Kyle Howard

Crazy Roy Peterson! this is the thing you were telling me about!? POS...

Tristan Achtzener
Tristan Achtzener

Look at this kids fb page now, just posting random shit yesterday as if nothing had even happened.... Pathetic

Roy Peterson
Roy Peterson

I watched the whole thing unfold. After his first side swipe, the cars pulled over to the shoulder. He (Mike) backed out into traffic on 252, after straightening out, he ran off the road and almost hit the center cable that separated the north and south bound roads. He went up another 1/2 mile and completely stopped in the middle lane of 252 and as I pulled up to him, he appeared to be unconscious. Head rolled over the side of his head-rest, and eyes rolled in his head. I pulled over and as I was getting out to help him, he took off again. Again, going off the road and almost hitting the center rail! I continued to follow him as I called 911. I watched him go into the turn lane where there was a loan care waiting at a red light. Needless to say, he was rear-ended. If I had to guess, VanWagner was probably going about 60 mph. No sign of break lights or anything!!! I was the first one to the scene and sat with the victim for about 10 minutes until the police arrived. Very tough and unforgettable scene. My heart goes out to the victim and his family!!!

Deirdre Carlson
Deirdre Carlson

What a terrible person. I hope the blood test comes back sooner than a month so justice can be served.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Wow, I'm sad to learn the worst person in the world lives in MN

Nicole Brown
Nicole Brown

Are you kidding??? I DO NOT EVEN DRINK ALCOHOL

Samantha Rehn
Samantha Rehn

What a scumbag! I hope the victims family gets justice!

Micky Jorgensen
Micky Jorgensen

Nicole, "MOST of us" do not drive drunk. Obviously, you do since you think most people do. Do the rest of us a favour and STOP before you hurt someone. This guy is a complete loser who drove drunk and killed a CHILD. A 16-year old who didn't even have a chance to live his live. If you want to have some empathy for someone, maybe try having some for the family who has to bury their young son who did *nothing* wrong.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

The fact that this guy isn't in jail right now might be the most enraging thing of all. This is a shocking failure by our justice system, that this loser can go out tonight, drunk and high, and drive again if he wanted to. Absolutely pathetic.

Mike Lipke
Mike Lipke

Just saw his FB page.....Apparently he's proud of being a loser.

Dennis John
Dennis John

So, Nicole, lying and joking about the accident that killed a person doesn't bother you? Personal accountability is becoming a thing of the past and it's mentalities like yours that encourage it.

britt88
britt88

agreed i have also noticed the injustice being a smoker it would take more than one cig to kill someone but it only takes one drunk driver


Tanya
Tanya

The child lives with his mother and her fiance full time. He only gets his child every other Sunday, obviously for good reason. He was previously in jail for terroristic threats and has numerous other court problems.  Hopefully the mother will be able to appeal to the courts to sever parental rights and hopefully the fiance will be able to adopt the child, if that is what they would like to do.

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