- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) - The driver of a pickup truck has been charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of four teenage boys who were killed last month in a crash on a country road in eastern Iowa, authorities said Friday.

Joseph Connolly, 24, of Holy Cross, turned himself in at the Dubuque County Jail, the Telegraph Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1BySrlQ ).

Connolly faces four counts of vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated. He also is charged with four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, one count of serious injury by operating while intoxicated, one count of serious injury by reckless driving and failure to stop for a stop sign.

Connolly is being held on a $500,000 cash bond. Court records do not list an attorney.

The Aug. 2 crash at the intersection of two roads near the community of Epworth killed Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer and Bryce Wilwert. The 14-year-old boys were riding on a John Deere Gator, a four-wheeled utility vehicle often used on farms with two seats in front and a flatbed behind the seats for hauling.

Connolly was driving a pickup hauling a horse trailer that didn’t stop at a stop sign at the intersection, authorities said. Two passengers in the pickup were also injured.

A search warrant to take photographs and a blood sample from Connolly showed deputies smelled alcohol on him, according to the newspaper. The documents said he failed field sobriety tests after the crash.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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