Mapleton Man Charged in UTV Crash That Killed Elysian Woman

A Mapleton man was reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol Thursday when he crashed a utility terrain vehicle, leading to a woman’s death.

Fifty nine year old Susan Quiram of Elysian, was found underneath the UTV about a half mile east of County Road 7 near Mapleton.

Fifty one year old Lance Leiferman was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and DWI charges Friday in Blue Earth County District Court.

A criminal complaint alleges he told police he drank six to eight beers before the crash, but didn’t think it impacted his ability to drive.  The two had reportedly started drinking in the afternoon before taking the UTV out for a joyride around 9:30-10pm.

He told police that Quiram wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time and was thrown from the UTV when he drove over a hole.  The UTV rolled on top of her, landing on her head and neck area, according to the complaint.

When police arrived, an officer reported that Leiferman was slurring his words and had made a comment about having too much to drink.  His preliminary breath test resulted in a .06 sample between two to three hours after the crash, .08 is the legal limit for operating a vehicle.