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Plea deal reached in fatal drunken-driving crash

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A 23-year-old man accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed two young women last summer pleaded no contest to three felonies Thursday, according to online Portage County court records.

Under terms of a plea deal, a prosecutor says he will recommend that Tim Saavedra be sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release, the records said.

Saavedra, of Rudolph, was convicted of two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, court records said. Five other charges, including two counts of second-degree reckless homicide, were dismissed in the plea deal.

Circuit Judge Thomas Eagon set sentencing for May 20.

A prosecutor told the judge that Saavedra's blood-alcohol level after the crash was 0.113 percent, online records said. The legal limit to drive is 0.08 percent

The July 20 crash on a rural Portage County gravel road killed Melissa Peterson-Suzda and Stephanie Eberhardt, both 21, of Wisconsin Rapids. Peterson-Suzda was married and had a one-year-old daughter. Eberhardt was a certified nursing assistant and an organ donor who liked to race motocross bikes and bungee jump.

Saavedra drank three pitchers of beer, the equivalent of a 12-pack, at a fireman's dance before driving a pickup truck 94 mph on a road with a crest of a hill that could be jumped in a vehicle driven fast enough, the criminal complaint said.

The truck went out of control about 2:30 a.m., crashed into some trees and rolled over, the complaint said.

Saavedra had attended a street dance in Rudolph that ended at midnight, the complaint said. His friend who was injured told police the group went to a bar in Rudolph after the dance.

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