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Hibbing Man Charged in Fatal Crash Involving Motor Scooter

Posted at: 11/19/2012 1:01 PM
Updated at: 11/19/2012 11:54 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullA Hibbing man is charged with two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide stemming from allegations that he caused the death of another person in a September 29 car accident, according to the Itasca County Attorney's office.

According to a criminal complaint, 71-year-old Lyle Elmer White was driving on Itasca County Road 29 when he drove over a hill, saw a person in the middle of the road, but could not stop in time.

The complaint says that person was driving a power motor scooter, which was lying in several pieces on both sides of the roadway when authorities arrived on the scene.

The complaint says White provided a urine test after the accident, revealing an alcohol concentration of 0.09, which is over the legal limit to drive.  The complaint goes on to say a state trooper said "White was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash, that alcohol impairment is a major contributing factor in this crash, and that White's perception and reaction times would have been improved had he not been impaired by alcohol."

The complaint also said White was traveling at least 63-65 mph in a 45 mph zone just a few seconds before hitting the scooter.

"Had White been sober and traveling the speed limit, there is a good chance that this crash would not have occurred," the trooper said in the criminal complaint.

White will make his first appearance in Itasca County District Court on November 21.