Duluth Man Charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide
A Duluth man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide after allegedly driving under the influence of heroin and striking and killing a pedestrian.
27-year-old David Smithson was charged Tuesday with criminal vehicular homicide while operating a vehicle in a negligent manner while under the influence of a controlled substance, and 2nd degree Driving While Impaired.
Authorities say Smithson allegedly hit 37-year-old Brian Respler on Saturday in West Duluth.
Police say Respler was crossing a parking lot when he was hit.
Respler died on scene.
Bail was set for Smithson at $250,000.
His next court appearance is scheduled for January 15.
Meanwhile, Respler leaves behind a wife and four kids.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family. Since yesterday, the page has already raised $3,810.
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