- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 25-year-old South Dakota man who was driving under the influence when he collided with and killed a motorcyclist last year will spend 12 years in prison.

Sioux Falls resident Trevor Blankartz was handed a 15-year sentence with three years suspended Tuesday. He pleaded no contest to a vehicular homicide charge as part of a plea deal.

Authorities say Blankartz was driving a car that collided with a motorcycle at a Sioux Falls intersection on 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.

During the sentencing hearing, Blankartz apologized to Schoffelman’s family.

Prosecutors say Blankartz was driving under the influence of methamphetamine when the incident occurred.


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