Lockridge man charged with vehicular homicide

A Lockridge, Iowa, man is facing vehicular homicide charges. (MGN Online)

A Lockridge, Iowa, man is facing vehicular homicide charges.

The Jefferson County Attorney's Office announced the charges against Maxwell Francis Spalla, 21, on Thursday.

The charges stem from a March 2017 accident that cost another Lockridge man, Jacob Aaron Nelson, his life.

As KTVO reported at the time, the incident happened just after 1:30 a.m. on March 4 at the intersection of 110th Street and Yew Avenue southeast of Brighton in Jefferson County.

A pickup carrying Spalla, Nelson and Brett Scott, 20, rolled and then came to rest on its top in a ditch.

Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spalla and Scott were injured in the crash.

Spalla was transported to Jefferson County Hospital by his parents.

Scott was transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by air ambulance.

At that time the Iowa State Patrol didn't know who was driving the truck.

Thursday's developments suggest law enforcement now believes the driver was Spalla.

Spalla has been formally charged with Homicide by Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

He also faces a charge of Homicide by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Spalla has not been arrested. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on Oct. 2, 2017.

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