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News: Judge sentences man for fatal crash into Mississippi River in 2022

MUSCATINE COUNTY, IA - A judge sentenced a man on Friday to 29 years in prison for a deadly crash on Tombstone Trail on April 21, according to KWQC.

A 38-year-old man took methamphetamine at Fairport State Rec Area around 11 p.m. He then fought with several other people before stealing a blue 2016 Chevrolet Equinox with a 78-year-old disabled man still inside it.

The disabled man attempted to exit the vehicle but was unable to.

The 38-year-old man turned onto IA 22 from the campground. He drove erratically and reached Tombstone Trail before driving into the Mississippi River. The man then exited the vehicle as it sunk, leaving the disabled man inside the Equinox.

Authorities found that the 38-year-old man showed signs of impairment. He informed authorities he used meth the night before the crash and failed a standardized sobriety test.

A judge found the 38-year-old man guilty of homicide by vehicle, operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, and driving while barred.

The judge also ordered the 38-year-old man to pay $150,000 in restitution to the family of William Talbot, 71, also of Davenport.

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