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Humlicek pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

Dustin Humlicek will be sentenced later this summer after pleading guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter in District Court in Hamilton County.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. August 12 in the Hamilton County Courthouse, according to online court records.

Humlicek, 40, is accused of causing a passenger’s death in a one-vehicle crash in northern Webster City in 2023.

The new charge to which he pleaded guilty is a class C felony, which means faces a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000.

Kevin Beightol, of Webster City, was 48 when he died after being transported to a Des Moines hospital by air ambulance following a pickup crash at the intersection of north Des Moines Street in Webster City and 210th Street, which is locally known as the Annetta Woods blacktop.

The accident occurred on September 2, 2023.

Beightol was a passenger in a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Humlicek, who was then 39 and of Webster City, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Humlicek called 911 to report the accident, the report stated. He told authorities he was driving the pickup northbound on Des Moines Street and didn’t stop for the stop sign at 210th Street. The pickup went into the north ditch and ended up in a residential yard.

Humileck’s 911 call was logged at 3:03 a.m. September 2, 2023.

“I was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 1751 210th Street, Webster City, Iowa,” Deputy Zayne Mikita said in the criminal complaint filed in Hamilton County. “I arrived and observed multiple officers and emergency services rendering aid to the victim. The driver was sitting just outside of the driver’s door of the above vehicle.

“Webster City Officer Dan Watkins asked the defendant if he was driving and in Officer Watkins’ written statement the defendant admitted to driving the vehicle. The defendant

was loaded into an emergency vehicle and given aid.

“I went to the hospital where I waited for an EMS helicopter to arrive and take the defendant to MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines. While in the back of the emergency vehicle I spoke to the defendant. I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person and the defendant’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. I read the defendant the Implied Consent Advisory due to the defendant being involved in a motor vehicle accident while showing signs of impairment. I gave the defendant until the helicopter arrival to decide to provide me with a blood or urine sample, but the defendant did not answer. This constituted a refusal for the withdrawal of a body specimen. …

“It was reasonable to believe that due to the victim’s extensive injuries, the victim likely sustained serious bodily injury or injuries resulting in death.”

Both men were transported to Des Moines.

Beightol died later that day from his injuries.

A search warrant served on Humlicek at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines sought a blood sample.

“The passengers (sic) injuries were due to the defendants (sic) driving behavior that resulted from a single vehicle accident,” the search warrant request stated. “Observed multiple alcoholic beverages partially drank (sic) inside the vehicle.”

Lab tests ultimately showed the presence of alcohol and “marijuana metabolites” in Humlicek’s blood, according to a report from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Laboratory in Ankeny.

The accident was investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Webster City Police Department, Webster City Fire Department, Van Diest Medical Center ambulance, Iowa State Patrol, and the Polk County Medical Examiner.

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