Parents of Woman Killed in Accident Along with Pierre Man Calling For Tougher SD DUI Laws

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PIERRE, S.D. (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-year-old Robert Klumb, of Pierre.

Fischer has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges.

The Pierre Capital Journal reports that Gregg and Susan Spindler met in late July with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s legal council about reforming South Dakota’s drunken driving laws.

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


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  1. A nation of sober drivers should be a given, not a goal. Measures that help move us toward that objective are worthwhile.