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Brian David Bahr pleads guilty to reckless driving vehicular homicide and reckless driving causing serious injury

Brian David Bahr pled guilty today in Allamakee Country District Court in Waukon to charges of reckless driving vehicular homicide and reckless driving causing serious injury.

Sentencing was set for 1:30 p.m. July 12, 1999. A presentence investigation was ordered by the Court.

Reckless driving vehicular homicide is a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, a fine of $500 to $10,000, and restitution of $150,000 to be paid to survivors. Reckless driving causing serious injury is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $500 to $7500.

The matter was referred by the County Attorney to the Attorney General's Office for prosecution because of a potential conflict of interest.

Bahr, age 17, was waived to adult court by order of the Court on May 14, and a trial information was filed May 19. The State alleged that Bahr was the driver of a vehicle involved in a one-car crash on Highway 76 south of Waukon on the late evening of March 6, 1999, that Bahr had been driving dangerously and recklessly, that he had been drinking earlier at a keg party, that the speed of the vehicle was at least 91 mph at the time of the crash, that Morgan Baxter suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash, and that Donelle R. Cunningham died March 15, 1999, as a result of injuries she received in the crash.

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