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Forum Communications, Published December 03 2012

Homicide charges filed against Minnesota man in car-surfing death

MEENON, Wis. - Burnett County authorities have charged a Minnesota man with three felonies — including two counts of homicide — for an August incident in which a man died while taking part in the high-thrill practice of car-surfing.

Cole Tyler Fohrenkamm, 21, of St. Paul, was charged Wednesday with one count each of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Fohrenkamm also was charged with one count each of reckless driving while endangering someone’s safety and driving with a person riding illegally.

According to the criminal complaint, Fohrenkamm, drove with Shawn Gunner Swanson, 21, of St. Paul, and Steven Lee Uhl Jr. on top of a vehicle near the Town of Oakland. Swanson fell from the vehicle and died the next day.

Fohrenkamm admitted to authorities that he had been drinking and was driving the vehicle when Swanson fell.

Fohrenkamm is scheduled to appear in Burnett County Circuit Court on Dec. 19.