Man gets 11 years for drunken driving crash death of cousin

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has been given 11 years in prison for the drunken driving death of a cousin last year.

The Sioux City Journal reported that Darrick Toel was sentenced Monday. He'd pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while driving recklessly and to operating while intoxicated. In exchange for his pleas, a more serious charge of vehicular homicide while driving intoxicated was dropped.

He also must pay restitution of $150,000 to Ryan Toel's estate, more than $20,000 to the Iowa Crime Victims Assistance Fund and a fine of $1,250.

Authorities estimated Darrick Toel was speeding at 90 mph (144.9 kph) July 1 on a rural highway just northeast of Sergeant Bluff when he lost control of his car and struck a tree. Toel's passenger, 37-year-old Ryan Toel, of Struble, died two days later from his injuries. Darrick Toel suffered only minor injuries.

Investigators found several cans of beer at the scene of the crash and said Darrick Toel's blood alcohol level tested over the legal limit to drive.