KENNEBEC -- A Kennebec man involved in a one-vehicle crash on April 4 has been charged with vehicular homicide, manslaughter and a DUI.
Jordan Miller, 27, was charged Monday in connection with the crash that killed 27-year-old Matthew Denke, also of Kennebec. If convicted on all charges, Miller faces up to 26 years in prison.
According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, Miller was driving a 2005 Chrysler 300 at 4:11 a.m. The crash took place 20 miles northeast of Kennebec on BIA Highway 10. Denke was a passenger in the vehicle, and neither was wearing a seat belt.
The eastbound car was reportedly approaching a hill when it crossed the center line, steered right and went off the road and into a ditch, flipping and landing on its wheels.
Both men were ejected from the vehicle. Denke was pronounced dead at the scene, and Miller was hospitalized for serious injuries.
An affidavit filed Monday indicated that a blood sample taken from Miller after the crash contained a BAC of 0.086.
Miller is charged with vehicular homicide, a Class 3 felony charge that alleges he caused Denke’s death while under the influence of alcohol but did not intend to do so. He’s also charged with second-degree manslaughter, a Class 4 felony, and a first-offense DUI, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
In recent years, South Dakota legislators have twice attempted to increase vehicular homicide’s classification from a Class 3 to a Class 2 felony. Attempts in the 2016 and 2017 legislative sessions did not pass.