July 14, 2017

A 17-year-old Carroll High School student is suspected of being intoxicated when he caused a fatal crash two weeks ago, according to court records.

The boy failed to stop his vehicle at a gravel-road intersection stop sign just northwest of Carroll about 8:15 a.m. on June 30 and collided with a vehicle driven by Debra Kock, 61, who died. The crash happened less than 2 miles from the woman’s rural Carroll house.

A deputy sheriff used a search warrant to obtain a sample of blood from the boy after he refused to take a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol concentration, court records show.

The Daily Times Herald is not identifying the boy because he has not yet been charged with a crime. He recently moved to Carroll from Nebraska as his grandparents here became his guardians.

Law officers found empty beer cans near the boy’s vehicle after the crash. He admitted the beer cans were his and said he had been “out with friends” about 1:30 that morning, according to the deputy’s search-warrant application.

He had bloodshot, watery eyes and appeared to be impaired.

If the boy was intoxicated, he could face a felony homicide by vehicle charge in adult district court. The crime is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

The boy will be 18 in December.

Sheriff Ken Pingrey said it will be months before his office receives test results from the boy’s blood from the state crime lab.

The boy was severely injured in the crash when his vehicle caught fire. He was taken by a medical helicopter to a metro hospital. His condition is unclear.