Butte man charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence in fatal crash

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BUTTE, Montana — A Butte man is charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence for a Halloween 2013 crash that killed his passenger.

The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1oH1Qli ) 18-year-old Cody John Richards made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Tuesday. Prosecutors also filed an alternative charge of negligent homicide. Richards did not enter a plea. He was released on his own recognizance.

Prosecutors allege Richards was driving a sport utility vehicle too fast for icy conditions when it went off a county road and down a steep embankment, killing 19-year-old Kiel Podgorski.

The crash injured two other passengers.

Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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