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Man pleads not guilty in crash death of Sioux City boy

April 28, 2020 GMT

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A driver has pleaded not guilty to charges in the traffic death last year of a 9-year-old boy in northern Iowa’s Floyd County.

Jesse Blade, 30, of Charles City, entered a written plea last week to vehicular homicide while intoxicated, vehicular homicide while driving recklessly, second-offense operating while intoxicated and three counts of serious injury by vehicle, the Sioux City Journal reported.

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The crash happened in Rudd on Oct. 26. The Iowa State Patrol has said Blade didn’t stop at a stop sign and rammed into the passenger side of a minivan, killing 9-year-old Royce Fisher of Sioux City.

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