CEDAR RAPIDS — The night time Tyler S. Lee drove the fallacious method on Interstate 380, crashing into northbound sport utility car, his blood-alcohol degree was twice the authorized restrict, in accordance with a prison criticism.
The criticism, filed earlier this month in Linn County District Courtroom, mentioned the 34-year-old Illinois man’s blood-alcohol degree was 0.164 after the crash that killed a 23-year-old Cedar Rapids man within the different car.
Police mentioned Lee’s Ford F-150 pickup was headed south on I-380’s northbound lanes when it crashed right into a Chevrolet Suburban close to the Seventh Road exit round 2 a.m. March 7, killing David Nguyen and significantly injuring two different folks.
Witnesses informed police Lee had entered the interstate on the twenty ninth Road NE exit almost 2 miles north of the crash website, in accordance with the criticism.
The criticism mentioned responding officers discovered Lee, sitting “behind the wheel of a Ford pickup truck,” displaying “apparent indicators of insobriety.”
Police mentioned Lee “admitted he had been consuming however claimed he was not driving.”
Nguyen had been using within the entrance passenger seat of the Chevrolet Suburban and died on the scene.
The motive force, Rylee Brooke Wallingford, 20, and passenger Benjamin Phillip Brecht, 23, each of Cedar Rapids, had been significantly injured. The third passenger Skyler McDowell, 22, additionally of Cedar Rapids, was handled for minor accidents.
The 4 of them had been celebrating Brecht’s birthday simply hours earlier, Nguyen’s brother Daniel, 26, told The Gazette final week.
Lee was not arrested immediately as police waited on the toxicology outcomes and the gathering of extra proof earlier than taking the case to the Linn County Legal professional’s Workplace for fees.
Lee, of Rockton, Unwell., turned himself in on the Linn County Jail on Wednesday afternoon after police introduced a warrant for his arrest had been issued.
He faces two vehicular murder fees — one associated to driving whereas drunk and the opposite for reckless driving — and two counts of inflicting critical harm by motorcar.
On Thursday, Lee made an preliminary look in Linn County District Courtroom through closed circuit video the place a decide set his bond at $200,000 money solely, Linn County Legal professional Jerry Vander Sanden mentioned.
Lee is charged with homicide in Illinois in reference to a deadly taking pictures in Winnebago County.
Illinois courtroom information present he was out on bond and permitted to journey to Wisconsin for employment functions, however it’s not clear what he was doing in Cedar Rapids.
In accordance with the Rockford Register Star Loves Park officers responded about 4 a.m. Might 20, 2017, to a taking pictures, the place they discovered 38-year-old Christopher Peters, 38, useless.
The circuit courtroom clerk’s workplace mentioned a invoice of indictment charging Lee with homicide was filed Nov. 1, 2017, and his bail was set at $1 million. He later was launched when $100,000 — or 10 % — of his bail was posted, in accordance with the clerk’s workplace.
Lee’s case in Illinois has but to go to trial, and Illinois authorities haven’t responded to Gazette telephone calls.
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Vander Sanden mentioned he couldn’t touch upon the standing of the Illinois case, however “we intend to proceed as we usually would on a case involving critical fees of this nature.”
“When there are fees pending in several jurisdictions, the jurisdiction the place the defendant is being held will sometimes proceed first,” Vander Sanden mentioned in an e-mail. “That would change if the defendant is ready to submit bond or a decide lowers his bond and he secures his launch. Then it might be extra of a matter of which trial date comes first.”
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