An allegedly drunk Minnesota man involved in an accident that killed a 16-year-old teen posted an image of totaled car followed by a smiley face on Facebook, the Star Tribune reported.
According to police, Michael J. VanWagner was involved in two accidents on the afternoon of July 22, 2014. First, VanWagner sideswiped a vehicle, and while leaving that scene, struck the car of 16-year-old Jason F. McCarthy from behind.
Later that day, as McCarthy clung to life at North Memorial Medical Center, VanWagner posted an image of his wrecked vehicle on Facebook, along with the message “That’s her front end after I got done with her lol :)” He later posted that he was “all good slept a day in the hospital then came home and did yard work lol”
Those posts have since been deleted, and in an interview with the Star Tribune on Wednesday, VanWagner said “I didn’t even know I hit somebody. I just thought I hit something.”
The state trooper who questioned VanWagner after the collision with McCarthy detected the “odor of alcoholic beverage” and took him to the hospital to have a blood alcohol test performed.
The results of that test are still pending. However, a week after the accident, VanWagner was back on Facebook mocking attempts to pull over intoxicated drivers:
State records obtained by the Star Tribune show that VanWagner was driving with a revoked license, and had been cited on numerous previous occasions for careless driving. He is also currently on probation for a felony conviction for making “terroristic threats.”
One of the conditions of his probation was to abstain from consuming alcohol or illicit drugs.
[Image via Facebook]