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Fatal accident suspect has six minor-consumption convictions on his record

LAKE ANDES — Ronald Fischer Jr. has an extensive background of misdemeanors, but the current charges of vehicular homicide and manslaughter in the first degree are his first felony charges.

He faces the charges in connection with a July incident in which he allegedly drove drunk into a Pickstown parking lot and fatally struck two pedestrians with his vehicle.

Between 2000 and 2004, Fischer was convicted six times of possession of alcohol by a minor. In two of those cases, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest because he failed to appear in court, and one warrant was issued because he failed to pay his fines.

Between 2004 and 2011, Fischer was convicted four times for driving without a driver’s license. On three of those occasions, a warrant was issued because he didn’t pay his fines.

In September 2012, he was arrested for possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana and obstructing law enforcement officers. All jail time was suspended as long as he paid fines and costs on time, did not consume alcohol or drugs, and obeyed all laws for a year. He also could not have contact with victims. His record does not indicate if he met all those requirements.