LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man accused of driving drunk and killing two federal wildlife researchers has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges.
Twenty-nine-year-old Ronald Fischer Jr., of Lake Andes, was allegedly driving drunk on July 8 in the Pickstown area when he failed to stop at a stop sign. Authorities say his vehicle went into a parking lot, where it struck and killed 25-year-old Maegan Spindler, of Cazenovia, N.Y., and 46-year-old Robert Klumb, of Pierre.
The two U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employees were in the area conducting tests on the Missouri River.
The judge in the case rejected a defense request for a reduction in Fischer's $250,000 bond.