(SD)-Vehicular Homicide Charge Filed In I-90 Rapid City Fatal MVA
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 inside Rapid City that killed a 64-year old woman Friday morning.
53-year-old Brian Rasmussen of De Beque, Colo, was driving a semi and trailer westbound when the truck left the roadway near mile marker 60, crossed into the oncoming lanes, and collided with an SUV driven by the woman. Both vehicles came to rest on the eastbound off-ramp.
The Patrol says both drivers were wearing seat belts, but that the 64-year old woman suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene while Rasmussen suffered only minor injuries.
The Rapid City Journal, citing court documents, reports that a drug recognition expert evaluated the Rasmussen and found him impaired by a central nervous system depressant. Rasmussen reportedly then acknowledged using Ambien, a drug to treat sleep insomnia, 2 days before the crash.
Chris Christianson, an attorney for the Denver-based company Rasmussen drives for, said there is no evidence proving Rasmussen was under the influence of any substance.
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