Trial Date Set for Man Accused in Fatal Crash

By Jason Van Arkel, September 10, 2019

The Blakesburg man accused of being high when he caused a high-speed crash that killed his passenger will stand trial in November.

After two previous trial dates were pushed back, Dennis Sandifer is scheduled to face a Wapello County jury on November 13th. He faces one count of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence. Authorities say Sandifer was high on methamphetamine when he caused the August 2nd, 2018 crash that killed 29-year-old Brandon Pruett of Blakesburg.

According to the crash report, the 63-year-old Dennis Sandifer was attempting to pass a semi in a no-passing zone on the Wapello-Monroe road, south of Blakesburg. Sandifer’s Ford pickup ran head on into another semi. Pruett died at the scene.

Law enforcement searched Sandifer’s belongings at the scene, finding meth and drug paraphernalia. Investigators say he admitted to using drugs before the crash. Sandifer was arrested last  November after a blood sample taken on the day of the crash tested positive for meth.

If Sandifer is convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

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