- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The driver in the crash that killed a 14-year-old boy in Mitchell last month has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the incident.

The Daily Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1IpEZ4H ) 22-year-old Karla Martinez entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to charges including third-offense drunken driving and vehicular homicide.

Martinez’s sports utility vehicle rolled in the ditch off a gravel road west of Mitchell June 25. The boy, identified as Lenard Boyer, of Mitchell, was a front-seat passenger.

Two 14-year-old boys and a 12-year-old boy sitting in the backseat suffered minor injuries.

Court records show the blood alcohol level of the Mitchell woman was 0.148 when the crash took place. The legal limit is 0.08.

Vehicular homicide, the most serious charge against Martinez, carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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