- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A grand jury in southeast South Dakota has indicted a 25-year-old man on charges of vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter in connection with a fatal motorcycle crash.

The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1Lig5ph ) reports that if convicted, Sioux Falls resident Trevor Blankartz, faces up to 15 years in prison for each count.

Authorities say Blankartz was driving a car that collided with a motorcycle at Sioux Falls intersection around 4 p.m. Aug. 23. The driver of the motorcycle, 56-year-old Dale Schoffelman, of Sioux Falls, died at the scene.

Police say Blankartz told officers he was distracted by a bicycle and didn’t see the motorcycle.

Blankartz’ attorney Victoria Reker did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the case.

Blankartz was also indicted on several misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.


Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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