Man faces vehicular homicide charges in death of his wife

A Sioux Falls man is facing potential vehicular homicide charges following the death of his wife in an alcohol-related accident last Sunday.

According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, the man was headed west on his motorcycle with his wife riding passenger along 268th Street near Iowa’s Gitchie Manitou State Park when he overcompensated for a curve in the road and crashed. The impact threw both riders off of the motorcycle.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene around 7 p.m. Both riders were seriously injured but responsive. The woman was transported to Avera McKennan Hospital but died later that night.

Police have not released the man’s blood alcohol level but it is known that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Whether or not he will be charged with vehicular homicide remains unsure as investigation continues, according to Deputy State’s Attorney Randy Sample.

“Normally, for vehicular homicide, you need two things: You need to be intoxicated, and you need to be involved in a negligent act,” Sample said.

Neither rider was wearing a helmet. The man remains in Avera McKennan Hospital with serious injuries but in stable condition.

Many tragic accidents on the road are caused by drinking and driving. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a drunk driver, call the Des Moines drunk driving accident lawyers of , at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.


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