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Wagner man charged with vehicular homicide in October crash

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

WAGNER — A man was charged last week with causing the October rollover crash in rural Wagner that killed a 24-year-old Lake Andes man.

Nolan Blackmoon-Aungie, 22, of Wagner, faces one count each of vehicular homicide, a Class 3 felony, and a second-offense DUI, a Class 1 misdemeanor, for the Oct. 26 crash that left Christopher Bruguier dead at the scene.

At 5:05 p.m., Blackmoon-Aungie was reportedly driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala west on 312th Street, about 15 miles southwest of Wagner, when the vehicle crossed the center line, left the road and rolled, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety reported after the crash.

Neither Bruguier nor Blackmoon-Aungie was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Blackmoon-Aungie was transported to the Wagner hospital for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The indictment filed Jan. 15 alleges Blackmoon-Aungie was intoxicated when the crash occurred, and another document asserts he was convicted in 2017 of a DUI in Charles Mix County.

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An arrest warrant for Blackmoon-Aungie was issued on Jan. 17. If convicted of both charges, he could be imprisoned for up to 16 years.

Vehicular homicide differs legally from other forms of homicide in that it does not involve premeditation and requires that a person negligently operated a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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