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Woodbury man gets 42 months for role in fatal crash

A Woodbury man whose truck struck and killed a motorcyclist in Cottage Grove in September 2007 was sentenced last week to 42 months in prison in connection with the accident.

The fatal crash occurred Sept. 6 when Theodore William Krinke, 39, was driving north on County Road 19 in Cottage Grove.

According to police reports, Krinke was returning home after boating in Hastings when the 2001 Dodge pickup he was driving struck a motorcycle operated by Donald Jerome Cohoon, 59, Cottage Grove, from behind. Cohoon was stopped at a stop sign at Indian Boulevard.

The collision threw Cohoon nearly 40 feet into the intersection. Although he was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, he died later that day at Regions Hospital from head injuries.

Krinke was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and third-degree DWI in connection with the incident. He was sentenced in Washington County District Court, Stillwater for criminal vehicular homicide the week of June 9.

In 2002, Krinke was convicted in Dakota County of misdemeanor DWI, for which he received two years probation. The arrest for the 2002 incident was made in South St. Paul.