A Decorah man has been charged with vehicular homicide for his role in a single vehicle crash in August that killed the passenger, according to the criminal complaint.
Jacob D. Pambin, 33, was driving his 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on 160th Street, near Zearing, on at ab out 6 p.m. on Aug. 4., when he lost control of the vehicle on the gravel road and crashed into a metal culvert and overturned, severely damaging the passenger side of the car, according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.
A passenger, Trenton Litke, whose address was listed in Springdale, Ark., died at the scene, and was sent to the State of Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The defendant was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center for serious injuries, according to the report.
Neither man was wearing a seatbelt, the state patrol report showed.
The investigation found that Pambin was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.159 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
According to the criminal complaint, Pambin and Litke were on a “joyride,” and began fishtailing, but because of his level of intoxication, Pambin could not regain control of the vehicle.
Pambin remained held in the Story County jail on $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 6 in Story County District Court in Nevada.