Drunk driver faces criminal and civil charges
The Nebraska man arrested in connection with the August 9th crash that killed four motorcyclists in Western Iowa last month had a blood alcohol level over four times the legal limit at the time of the accident, according to the Iowa State Patrol’s final accident report.
The report, which was released this week, determined that the 21-year-old driver had a BAC of 0.373. The legal limit is 0.08.
The fatal accident happened in a construction zone on Interstate 29 near the Little Sioux exit. Four motorcyclists traveling southbound were struck by the drunk driver when he crossed the center line while headed northbound in his pickup truck.
The four motorcyclists, who were heading home from a motorcyclist convention, were killed in the crash. Criminal charges against the drunk driver are pending an official report from the state crime lab’s toxicology unit. In the meantime, he remains incaracerated. He already faces a civil suit filed by the widow of one of the motorcyclists, who alleges that his negligence was the primary cause of the collision.