Drunk driver faces charges in fatal crash

According to police, the Nebraska man awaiting charges 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.

The Iowa State Patrol’s final accident report, which was released this week, states that the 21-year-old driver had a BAC of 0.373 when the legal limit is 0.08.

The crash occurred in a construction zone on Interstate 29 near the Little Sioux interchange. Four motorcyclists traveling southbound were struck by the drunk driver when his pickup truck, traveling northbound, crossed the center line.

The four motorcyclists died in the crash. Criminal charges have not yet been filed against the drunk driver, but he remains in jail pending an official report from the state crime lab’s toxicology unit. 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.

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