Semi driver in I-90 fatal crash pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A semi-driver involved in a crash that killed a woman on Interstate 90 gave his plea in court.
Brian Rasmussen, 53, pleaded not guilty to one count of vehicular homicide on Friday.
Last January, Rasmussen veered over a median into oncoming traffic and plowed into SUV, killing a 64-year-old woman.
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Vehicular homicide is a crime defined as negligent driving that leads to the death of another person.
Rasmussen was evaluated by a drug recognition expert at the scene. According to police, he admitted to taking Ambien, a sleeping medication, two days before the crash.
If convicted, Rasmussen could faced up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. He would also lose his driving license for at least 10 years.