Driver in fatal accident near Liberty facing four felony DUI charges

Jeff Tenhouse
Posted: Aug. 18, 2014 4:37 pm Updated: Sep. 1, 2014 5:15 pm
A rural Liberty man who was the driver in a fatal automobile accident on Sunday morning has been charged with four felonies in connection with the incident.

Jeffrey T. Tenhouse, 47, was charged Monday with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence where an accident caused death, as well as two counts of aggravated DUI where an accident caused great bodily harm. He faces up to 14 years in prison on the aggravated DUI/death charges and 12 years on the aggravated DUI/great bodily harm charges.

Adams County Sheriff's deputies reported Tenhouse was the driver in a rollover accident on the east edge of Liberty killed a 34-year-old woman and seriously injured three others early Sunday morning.

Amanda N. Krutmeier of 1994 N. 1100th Ave., west of Liberty, was pronounced dead at the scene by Adams County Coroner James Keller at 4:48 a.m. Sunday. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to a news release from the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies reported they responded to the single-vehicle accident at North 803rd Lane, one-tenth of a mile west of Ill. 104, at 3:24 a.m. A 2001 Jeep Carry-All driven by Tenhouse had rolled over at the T-intersection and came to rest in front of a residence, police said.

Tenhouse, along with passengers Douglas R. Tenhouse, 34, of Unionville, Mo., and Robert E. Hyer, 41, of rural Quincy, were taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy by Adams County ambulances. They were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, police said.

Douglas Tenhouse was in stable condition in the medical-surgical unit early Monday morning, and Hyer was reported in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

Jeffrey Tenhouse was treated and released from Blessing on Sunday and then taken into custody by Adams County Sheriff's deputies. He spent Sunday night in the Adams County Jail. He made his first appearance in Adams County Circuit Court on Monday, posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bail and was released.

Jeffrey Tenhouse is next due in court for his first appearance with counsel on Aug. 25.