Charges: Drunk driver said 'I just killed that boy' after wreck that killed Homecoming king

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Charles Hendricks

Charles Hendricks, a 34-year-old Sandstone resident, faces DWI and criminal vehicular homicide charges following a wreck that claimed the life of 17-year-old East Central High School senior Colton Nelson.

Officers responding to the crash, which occurred around 8:27 p.m. on February 9 near the intersection of Well St. and 380th Ave. in rural Kanabec County, found Hendricks covered in blood, crawling on the ground through the debris of the heavily damaged vehicles.

"What did I do? What did I do? I killed someone!" Hendricks exclaimed, according to a criminal complaint. "I f***ed up... I just killed that boy."

Hendricks smelled of booze, and a bottle of Smirnoff with a small amount of vodka still in the bottle was found in his pickup truck.

Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene. His 14-year-old sister and a 16-year-old friend were also in the Chevy Impala at the time. Both survived.

According to the Star Tribune, Nelson was a standout football and basketball player at East Central. He also was Homecoming king this school year and a percussionist in various school bands.

Investigators determined Hendricks, traveling northbound, crossed the center line and hit Nelson head-on.

Hendricks's lengthy rap sheets contains convictions for driving with a suspended license, careless driving, DWI, domestic assault, terroristic threats, and driving without insurance, among other offenses.