Drunk Driver Sentenced for Fatal Crash in Northern Idaho

  • Kyle Rios, a twenty-seven-year-old man, has just been sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of drunk driving, which resulted in the death of another motorist. He will need to serve at least three years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. However, there is no guarantee that Rios will be granted an early parole once he is eligible to seek it.

    The auto accident that Rios was responsible for killed Paul W. Stuk on December 1, 2013. Rios pleaded guilty for a misdemeanor drunk driving charge and a felony vehicular manslaughter charge. The felony charge makes up the majority of the time that Rios will spend in prison.


    Initially Disputed Charges

    Originally, Rios had contested the blood draw that determined that he had 0.263 percent blood alcohol content. That is more than three times higher than the current legal limit of .08 percent. The judge did dismiss the results, and the decision was upheld by the judge of the Idaho Supreme Court.

    The story obviously does not end there. There was additional evidence that was taken from additional blood draws performed during the medical examination of Rios. The prosecutors were able to use that information in order to get Rios to enter the plea agreement that he ended up with.


    The Consequences of Drunk Driving

    Drinking and driving is dangerous, and besides injuring others, it can result in serious penalties. For those who have caused accidents because they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they not only face being held accountable for their victims’ damages, but they can also face prison time, loss of driving privileges, and thousands of dollars in fines. This case was especially devastating because it resulted in another driver’s death, which Rios will also have to live with.


    Boise Car Accident Lawyers

    If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, the personal injury lawyers at Craig Swapp & Associates might be able to help. Call us toll-free at 1-800-404-9000 or complete the form on our website for a free consultation.