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Parents calling for tougher South Dakota DUI laws

PIERRE (AP) — The parents of a woman killed in crash near Pickstown are calling for tougher drunken driving laws in South Dakota.

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-yearold Robert Klumb, of Pierre.

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Fischer has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and first-degree manslaughter charges. The Pierre Capital Journal reported Gregg and Susan Spindler met in late July with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s legal counsel about reforming South Dakota’s drunken driving laws.

A spokesman for Daugaard says the governor is considering their proposals.